‘Cats eviscerate Warriors for Horn’s 250th winPublished 12:05am Saturday, October 5, 2013
Benjamin Russell coach Danny Horn said before the Wildcats’ game against Russell County that the Warriors would provide a much-needed challenge to his team.
He turned out to be wrong as the Wildcats downed the Warriors 42-13 behind an exceptional performance by the defensive line and a multi-faceted running game.
The victory pushed the Wildcats to 5-1 (4-0 in region), and coupled with Eufaula’s loss to Valley, gives BRHS sole possession of the top spot in Class 5A Region 2.
In addition, the win marks D. Horn’s 250th as a head coach.
“In the first half, we had too many penalties, and that stopped some of our drives,” D. Horn said. “In the second half, I thought we played a lot better. We preach about coming out fast in the first five minutes of the second half, and when we scored there, we kind of put the game away.”
Penalties were a constant for both teams throughout the contest, but they may have been more costly for the Wildcats, as two punt return touchdowns by wide receiver Bookie Ford were wiped off the board due to holding penalties.
Russell County had more penalty yards than total yards of offense in the first half, and Tae Robinson and the Wildcats’ front four dominated the line of scrimmage.
Chase Burton, who recieved some carries out of the backfield due to the absence of Dra Graham, made the most of his opportunities, scoring two touchdowns on the ground.
The Wildcats scored every single one of their touchdowns on the ground.
In addition to Burton’s two scores, Tabias Russell, LaBrenikin Johnson and Bryant Horn each hit paydirt from goal-to-go situations.
Ellis Holloway put the final nail in the coffin with a 40-yard dash around the right side, which made the game 42-0 with 1:30 left in the third quarter.
Russell County added two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, but by that time the outcome was decided and the Wildcats’ second unit was in the game.
“I thought the defense played great all night long, other than when we put the reserves in,” D. Horn said. It’s been a couple weeks in a row where teams have come in and gone the length of the field on our second unit. I know that we’ve been scoring a lot of points, but the key to this team is how well the defense plays, and the defense has gotten better over the last few weeks, which is a good sign.”
Johnson had another 100-yard game on the ground to lead BRHS, along with his touchdown.
Robinson and Daniel Whatley each had one sack on the night.
Next for BRHS will be Rehobeth, who comes to Alexander City for a Thursday night game.