Fight cuts Linden's game with Wilcox Central short; 32 ejections made
Thu. September 27, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | By Jeremy D. Smith
LINDEN | The Linden High School football team outscored Wilcox-Central 47-8 on Thursday night before the game was called following an altercation between the teams with 1:31 to play in the third quarter.
"I’m sort of speechless in that situation right now," Linden coach Andro Williams said following the altercation. "I’m pretty sure our guys got it on film and we’ll go from there."
The incident occurred after Marquise Shelton reeled off a 17-yard run along the WCHS sideline down to the Wilcox 10. The altercation lasted several minutes and resulted in the officials signaling for 32 total ejections before the decision was made to call the game.
Shelton’s run stood as the final play of the game, which Linden dominated from the outset. The Patriots needed only four plays from scrimmage to take an early lead on a 22-yard scoring run by Anthony Robinson.
Shelton found the end zone on the next drive, capping a six-play, 75-yard march with a 4-yard run.
Linden upped its advantage again with 3:19 to play in the first quarter when Robinson scored on a 7-yard run, an opportunity he created himself with a 33-yard scamper two plays earlier.
After a Linden safety, the Patriot offense scored again when Jalen Lewis hit paydirt on a 29-yard run.
"I thought we played with a little bit more energy for the most part. We got after it," Williams said. "We played fast and we played physical for the most part. We’ve got to continue to get better from here on out."
Wilcox got on the board midway through the second quarter when Jarvis Ross reeled off a 62-yard scoring sprint. Jaguar quarterback Jordon Ross then his Quantavian Phillips for the two-point conversion play to cut it to 28-8.
Prentiss McQuiston later scored on a 1-yard run before Lewis found the end zone again on an 11-yard run to end the half.
Robinson scored the game’s final touchdown with 10:55 to play in the third quarter on a 62-yard interception return for a score. Lewis later added a second Linden interception to set up the game’s final drive.
Linden (5-0) will host A.L. Johnson next week while Wilcox-Central (0-5) travels to Hillcrest-Evergreen.
Wilcox Central 8
First downs 4 14
Yards rushing 17-87 24-255
Yards passing 0 46
Passes 0-8-2 3-4-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 0-0
Punts-Avg. 4-30.5 1-37
Penalties-Yds. 5-35 5-30
WC 0 – 8 – 0 – 0 – 8
Linden 28 – 13 – 6 – 0 – 47
L — Robinson 22 run (Shelton kick)
L — Shelton 4 run (Shelton kick)
L — Robinson 7 run (kick blocked)
L — Safety
L — Lewis 29 run (kick failed)
W — Ja. Ross 62 run (Phillips pass from Jo. Ross good)
L — McQuiston 1 run (Shelton kick)
L — Lewis 11 run (kick failed)
L — Robinson 63 interception return (kick failed)