Mustangs gallop to 48-7 first-week winPublished 11:59pm Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Anthony Watson
MILLBROOK — The Stanhope Elmore Mustangs galloped over the Marbury Bulldogs Thursday night at Foshee-Henderson Stadium en route to a 48-7 victory in the 2013 football season’s first contest.
Marbury, who lost last year’s contest 52-7, fell behind early after Blake Davies’ pass was snatched out of the sky by Mustangs defensive back Alijah Reeves. Reeves, dodging diving Bulldogs, carried the interception 30 yards into the end zone for first score of the game.
Marbury, who will open region play next week with Benjamin Russell, answered the Mustangs and knotted the game at 7-7.
Davies completed a 16-yard pass to Gabe Wurtz for the touchdown. The point after split the uprights.
After that, the Mustangs found their stride.
The Mustangs, who travel to run-heavy Pelham next week, chugged down the field with their running game and chalked up another touchdown with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter. The point-after sailed through the uprights and over the field house giving Stanhope Elmore the 14-7 lead.
Willie Ezell set the Mustangs up for two touchdown drives after he had two different interceptions in the second quarter – one of them being a 75-yard bomb from quarterback Jaryus Wilson to receiver Mike Brown.
Jeremy Powers and Cortez Williams both had 30-plus yard touchdowns in the 3rd quarter.
Dominique Alexander joined the pick-six club with Reeves for the last score when he ran it in for 82 yards.
While the loss was a setback for the Bulldogs, a point of concern was a potential injury to Davies midway through the second quarter.
Coach James Strickland said he didn’t know the status of the senior quarterback.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m going to have to check on that when I leave. He’s banged up, though.”
On the hometown sideline, turnovers had been a point of discussion for the Mustangs.
“Number one we’re going into this thing not wanting to turn the football over,” Foshee said. “I don’t think we had but one turnover, and that’s big. Last year if we would’ve had three less turnovers against our three losses we would have been undefeated, so we put a lot of that emphasis on that because it’s very important.”
The Mustangs did capitalize on a series of Bulldogs miscues which led to points throughout the night.
For additional coverage of Thursday’s Stanhope Elmore victory, see Sports Extra in Saturday’s edition of the Wetumpka Herald.
Statewide Scoreboard – Courtesy ASWA
Brooks 32, Sheffield 7
Central-Phenix City 34, Russell County 15
Central-Tuscaloosa 44, Sipsey Valley 6
Chelsea 62, John Carroll Catholic 14
Childersburg 38, B.B. Comer 0
Dadeville 28, Reeltown 0
Dora 50, Cordova 6
Excel 35, J.U. Blacksher 6
Gordo 23, Aliceville 14
Guntersville 28, Boaz 0
Hamilton 42, Sulligent 0
Horseshoe Bend 24, Wadley 20
Jackson 37, Clarke County 6
Jacksonville 54, Pleasant Valley 19
Jemison 34, Chilton County 28
Luverne 33, Brantley 19
Madison Academy 48, Tanner 6
Millry 42, Fruitdale 20
Moody 45, St. Clair County 18
Muscle Shoals 56, Rogers 0
Parker 53, Carver-Birmingham 20
Priceville 48, West Morgan 35
Section 27, Butler 12
Slocomb 26, Rehobeth 0
Southern Choctaw 32, Marengo 20
Southside-Gadsden 35, Hokes Bluff 14
Stanhope Elmore 48, Marbury 7
Susan Moore 44, West End-Walnut Grove 14
Tharptown 29, Phil Campbell 24
Vigor 27, Davidson 23
Winfield 19, Brilliant 0
Hazel Green 51, Grissom 7
Northview 42, Sidney Lanier 14
Pell City 14, Hueytown 7
Fairfield 40, Ramsay 12
Holly Pond 61, Good Hope 14
Gaylesville 40, Cedar Bluff 39
East Memorial Christian 30, Springwood 26
South Choctaw Academy 34, Marengo Academy 6