Missed opportunities cost Holy Spirit
Fri. October 05, 2012 at 11:21 p.m. | By Daniel Byars
Holy Spirit’s William Winters (50) brings down Autaugaville’s Stefan Palmer on Friday night. (Photo by Erin Nelson)
TUSCALOOSA | Holy Spirit trailed only 26-14 going into the fourth quarter Friday night, but a few breaks for the in the kicking game gave Autaugaville a 38-14 win.
The Eagles grabbed momentum early, keeping Holy Spirit out of the end zone in the first quarter on a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.
Holy Spirit was kept from scoring in the red zone three times. The Titans managed 14 points in the third, but turnovers and a persistent Autaugaville defense made it hard to score.
Holy Spirit coach Greg Kosloff said the Titans missed a chance to get back in the game on a muffed punt in the fourth quarter by Autaugaville. Holy Spirit had a chance to recover, but the Eagles got on the ball.
“We had a lot of momentum coming into tonight, we felt good about our chances. We had a great week of preparation and the team is getting better and better every week,” Kosloff said.
Autaugaville quarterback Dillon Howard rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those rushing touchdowns came late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Howard also threw a 73-yard touchdown to Stefan Palmer for the Eagles’ first score.
Eagles coach James Brothers said they have a long way to go in a rebuilding year.
“I think they (Holy Spirit) have worked real well, and have about five or six good football players I’d like to have. I think their program will come back up,” Brothers said.
Running back Michael Al-Dijaili kept Holy Spirit going with 87 yards rushing and more than 70 yards on kick returns.
“If we would have executed, it would have been a different score, we need to pick it up and execute a little better,” Al-Dijaili said.
Holy Spirit (1-5) will travel to play Sunshine next week.