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Eagles too much for Generals in 2A matchup

Published 5:33pm Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MONTGOMERY – The Horseshoe Bend Generals fell behind early and never got back in the game, as they lost 41-13 to the Montgomery Academy Eagles in region play Friday at McLemore Field.
Jason Franklin, head football coach of Horseshoe Bend (1-2, 0-2 Class 2A, Region 5), said the Generals simply did not play to their best effort Friday night.
“I just didn’t see us playing real physical football like we’re capable of playing tonight,” Franklin said. “We just didn’t play real hard. I don’t know what the deal was. Montgomery Academy’s got a good football team. We turned the football over too many times and had some bonehead penalties. We get back to playing physical football, I think the future’s bright for us.”
The Eagles (3-0, 2-0 Class 2A, Region 5) got started early, capping off a 99-yard opening drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joshua Thomas to Samuel LaPlatney. Stephen Rutledge added the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 5:16 left in the first.
After another Generals’ drive stalled, the Eagles drove down the field again with Thomas finding Charles Speaks on an 18-yard corner route that made it 14-0 after the extra point with 52 seconds left in the open quarter.
The Generals finally got a break as Thomas fumbled on the exchange and Horseshoe Bend’s Trent Smith recovered it at the Generals’ 30-yard line with 11:53 left in the second.
Horseshoe Bend drove to the Eagles’ 45 before quarterback Major Abernathy was picked off by Montgomery Academy’s Nelson Whyte.
The Eagles added two more scores in the half, one on a 20-yard run by Thomas and another on a 5-yard run by Justin Woolfolk that gave them a 27-0 lead.
But the Generals closed out the half strong, as Abernathy threw it to Jordan Funderburk on a lateral, who then found Brady Fuller for a 23-yard touchdown pass that made it 27-6 at the break.
The Eagles picked up right where they left off in the first half, opening the third with Thomas hitting LaPlatney on a bubble screen, as he raced down the home sideline for a 63-yard score that extended the lead to 34-6.
The Generals were able to respond with a 73-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown run by Drew Hill that made it 34-13 after the Mathan Colley extra point with 1:24 left in the third.
Jackson Sexton recovered the onside kick attempt by the Generals on the ensuing kickoff, but Abernathy was picked off again three plays later to end any hopes of a comeback.
The Eagles racked up 485 yards of total offense, including 269 on the ground.
Thomas was 9 for 13 passing on the night with 216 yards and three scores. Thomas also had 56 yards rushing on nine carries and one score on the ground.
Woolfolk led the Eagles with 152 yards on 18 carries.
Abernathy had 68 yards on 16 carries, while Hill added 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for the Generals.
Horseshoe Bend had 226 yards of total offense, with 198 yards on the ground, but also had four turnovers on the night.
The Generals will return home next Friday night for their home opener against Isabella.

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