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Wildcats put up 51 points in first half vs. Talladega

Published 11:36pm Friday, September 27, 2013

Prior to their matchup with Benjamin Russell, the Talladega Tigers had only given up 62 points all season.
The Wildcats threatened to score that many in the first half of a 58-7 decimation of Talladega during BRHS’ homecoming tilt.
With the victory, Benjamin Russell improved to 4-1 (3-0 in region) on the year and continued its offensive explosion, as this was the third time in the last  four games that the Wildcats scored at least 50 points on an opponent.
The scoring began midway through the first, when Bryant Horn found Bookie Ford in the right corner of the endzone for a 14-yard scoring strike.
In one of the rare miscues for Benjamin Russell on the night, the ensuing two-point conversion attempt was no good.
Nevertheless, the points continued to come for Benjamin Russell, as the Wildcats’ defense was nigh impenetrable.
“On film, I honestly thought (Talladega) looked pretty good,” said BRHS football coach Danny Horn. “But they weren’t as good as I thought. Still, I thought we came in here and did what we needed to do, and the defense played extremely well.”
After a three-and-out for Talladega (2-3, 1-2 in region), LaBrenikin Johnson capped an eight-play, 62-yard drive with a 4-yard tumble into the endzone.
B. Horn connected with Ford on the following two-point conversion.
The Wildcats’ defense forced another punt, and three plays later, Horn hit Johnson with a screen pass that resulted in a in stride for a 37-yard pitch and catch.
The extra point made the game 21-0 with just under two minutes left in the opening quarter.
After a snap out of the end zone by Talladega gave BRHS two more points, B. Horn drove the Wildcats right back down the field, ending the drive with a four-yard toss to Austin Moncus, who hauled in the pass with one hand.
The Wildcats’ defense continued to smother Talladega, and Tae Robinson recovered a fumble to hand the offense the ball in good field position.
“He’s played lights out all year long,” D. Horn said of Robinson. “To win championships, you’ve got to play great defense, and I’m as proud of the defense’s play as I am of any other unit. (Defensive Line) Coach (Wes) Tate has done a great job with our linemen.”
After Robinson’s fumble recovery, B. Horn hit Ford as he was streaking down the right sideline for a 23-yard score.
Talladega was able to earn it’s first first down at the midway point of the second quarter, but it didn’t lead to much else.
After a big punt return by Ford, Ellis Holloway punched it in from 12 yards out, as the Wildcats went up 44-0.
On Talladega’s next possession, Tyre Gray intercepted a pass and took it 30 yards to the house.
D. Horn said that despite the roll that BRHS has been on as of late, there’s still improvements to be made.
“We’re playing teams that we’re outmanning right now,” D. Horn said. “We’ve overmatched our opponents over the last couple of games, but there’s a lot for us to work on and we’re going to work on it. We’re going to have to have it later on this season.”
B. Horn, who only played until late in the second quarter, was 8-of-10 for 119 yards and four scores.
Johnson accounted for 111 total yards (74 rush) and two scores.
Next for the Wildcats will be a road game versus Russell County.