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Tuscaloosa Academy thumps Lyman Ward

Published 5:35pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuscaloosa Academy scored early and often, including six first-quarter touchdowns, en route to a 69-21 win over Lyman Ward.

The Knights scored on two of their first three plays from scrimmage, both on runs by Jaevon Walton. One touchdown went for 67 yards and the other for 66.

“My line, they blocked excellent,” Walton said. “In practice we went over a lot of schemes, and they finished their blocks. And the wide receivers had great downfield blocking.”

The Tuscaloosa Academy offense was nearly unstoppable for much of the game, gaining 307 yards on the ground in the first half alone. Through the air, the Knights were 4-for-6 for 128 yards in the opening half and threw no interceptions until the third quarter. Torrence Brown added scores on runs of 46 and two yards, and he also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Plott. Plott had another touchdown pass to Jonathan Teesdale for 34 yards, and Teesdale had another touchdown on a 40-yard run. Matt Teesdale scored on a 21-yard pass from Austin Menard, Clayton Marchant scored on a 29-yard run and Kuwan Whitfield scored on a 21-yard fumble return.

“We just dominated the line of scrimmage,” said Tuscaloosa Academy head coach Robert Johnson. “I was very proud of our guys. We came out and played to our standard, and we were focused, and we got a lot of young guys a lot of playing time tonight, which is good.”

Lyman Ward struggled offensively, especially on the ground, gaining only three yards in the first quarter and 26 in the second. The Rangers also struggled with fumbles, putting the ball on the ground nine times and losing it on four occasions. The lone Ranger touchdown before the half came on a 35-yard pass from Charlie Bunteen to Matthew Hudson at the beginning of the second quarter, though Lyman Ward was able to score once each in the third and fourth quarters on a one-yard run by Bradley Culpepper and a seven-yard run by Jared Gustin, respectively.

“We’re going to work on intensity,” said Lyman Ward head coach Dewayne Thomas. “The guys know what to do, we just didn’t execute well at all, and of course, Tuscaloosa is just an awesome team. Great athletes, and they’re well-coached, so my hat is off to them.”

Tuscaloosa Academy (2-0) will travel to play at Macon-East Academy next week. Lyman Ward (0-2) will host Pike Liberal Arts School.

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