Wildcats hoping to set pace with Opelika winPublished 9:06am Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Benjamin Russell High School head football coach Danny Horn said after last Friday nights 14-7 victory over Class 6A Opelika that his team had played one of their most physical games since he took over the program four years ago.
The Bulldogs found that out the hard way, losing to the Wildcats 14-7.
The Benjamin Russell defense allowed only 40 total yards of offense in the first half Friday night against an Opelika team that has gained notoriety around the state on a yearly basis of being a run-based, physical team.
Opelika High School was the only team to beat 2011 Class 6A state champion Prattville last season, 16-14.
To go along with the stout BRHS play on defense, the Wildcats also looked strong at times on offense, scoring on the first drive of the game and setting the pace for the rest of the contest.
Quarterback Bryant Horn, who is returning from a broken ankle in 2011, looked poised in the pocket during passing situations and made the right decisions with speed options out of the BRHS backfield against the Bulldogs, something that Wildcat fans are surely glad to see.
The BRHS offense also got a jolt from junior tailback Labrenkin Johnson, who led BRHS in rushing out of the backfield, while also making plays in the passing game.
With their season opening game out of the way, BRHS now turns to this coming Friday night when they open the Class 5A Region 2 slate at home against Marbury High School, located just outside of Chilton County.
Marbury comes into the 2012 season after spending the past six seasons in Class 3A and a 2012 week one thumping from Class 6A Stanhope-Elmore, 52-7.
See the Friday Outlook for the in-depth preview of Benjamin Russell vs. Marbury.