Thursday, October 6, 2011
Cardinals blank Middleton
By BARRY BURLESON
The key to victory Friday night for Potts Camp was the running game, according to coach Shane Stone.
The Cardinals journeyed north to neighboring Tennessee and blanked Middleton 36-0. They upped their season record to 4-3.
“Our offensive line set the tone,” he said. “We ran the ball a lot. Our offensive line came off the ball well. We got the running game going, and that opened up the passing for us.”
The defense shined, too, in recording the shutout.
“We bent a couple of times, but we didn’t break,” Coach Stone said. “Our defensive effort was much better. We tackled much better. We stressed that in practice last week – wrapping up and not missing tackles.
“We also forced some turnovers, which was crucial.”
Some personnel switches also paid off. Randy Love, named the game’s most valuable player, was shifted to defensive end. He had a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception. He also knocked down two passes.
“He really made some big plays, and I was happy to see that,” Stone said.
The offense got rolling early when Jordon Harris darted 24 yards for a touchdown. The extra-point kick was no good.
Potts Camp added more points in the first quarter when Brantley Harris snagged a 34-yard pass from Ben Bolden. Zack Mayer caught a toss for the two-point conversion.
The biggest play of the game occurred in the second quarter. Brantley Harris intercepted a pass in the end zone with Middleton trying to score and returned it 108 yards for a score.
“He picked up a couple of good blocks and came right down our sideline,” Stone said. “It was exciting. I ran with him for about 30 yards and then I was afraid I was going to pull a hamstring.”
Jamarquis Foster ran for the two-point conversion after the interception return. The Cards led 22-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Bolden and Brantley Harris connected on a pass play for a 24-yard touchdown. Then Giavanni Arrendondo kicked the first extra-point ever for Potts Camp High School football, a program started just a few years ago.
The Cardinals’ last touchdown of the contest came on Jordon Harris’ 10-yard run in the fourth quarter. Arrendondo again kicked the extra point.
Potts Camp travels to Steens (near Columbus) to face Immanuel Christian this Friday at 7 p.m. The Rams are 1-5. They lost 27-26 to Carroll Academy last Friday night.
“They have a lot of good-looking athletes,” Coach Stone said. “It will be a battle.”
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