Thursday, October 20, 2011
Cardinals add another victory
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Potts Camp Cardinals, using Byhalia’s gridiron as their home field, took on a persistent Union County team last Friday night and came away with an impressive victory.
Union won the toss and elected to receive. The visitors gained 6 yards on their first play from scrimmage. On the next play Broderick Montgomery went on a 45-plus-yard scamper. He came back and took a handoff from quarterback D.J. Armstrong and went in standing up. The touchdown was capped with a two-point pass play. Union County had struck first and it was 8-0.
The ensuing kick was fielded by Jordon Harris, who brought it out to his 36. He came back and gave them a first down after a big penalty. Randy Love caught an aerial from Ben Bolden and took it well inside the red zone. Bolden stepped outside the pocket and saw a clear path down the left side. He wasn’t stopped. J.Harris split through between guard and tackle and added the deuce to tie it 8-8.
Armstrong was using his fleet back, Montgomery, to move the ball downfield. He made it to the 39 and a first down. He then came out of the backfield and was finally brought down by a pair of Cardinals at the 4-yard line. The quarter ended seconds later with the score 8-8.
After the change of direction, Montgomery busted right over center for six more. The two-point try failed but Union County had reclaimed the lead 14-8.
The lead didn’t stand long. J. Harris took the Union County kick, skirted the left side, turned on the after burners and evened the score 14-all. Bolden then hit Zack Mayer, who was all alone in the end zone, with a pass and the Cardinals were back in control at 16-14.
The Potts Camp defense really clamped down on the Union offense. The Cardinals backed them into a fourth and 10 on the 26 and then took over on downs. After a 5-yard gain, Bolden uncorked a 55-yarder to Jamarquis Foster, who evaded three tacklers on his way to pay dirt. The point-after try failed, but the score was upped to 22-14.
Union County went three and out but Potts Camp fumbled the ball on its second play. It didn’t aid the visitors because the Cardinals defense stopped them cold. The half expired as Bolden completed a long pass play to Foster, leaving the score 22-14.
The third opened with the Cardinals on the receiving end. It was caught for a short gain by Foster, who came right back, took a handoff from Bolden and made it to the 8. J.Harris ran it to the 2. He then sliced through on the right side for the score. Bolden rolled out and dumped a short screen to Antonio Love for the conversion and a 30-14 tally.
Union County persisted and turned a trio of first downs before throwing the ball into the hands of J. Harris, giving the Cardinals great field position at the 25. Potts Camp had a couple of miscues and had to punt for the first time. But the Cardinal defense was still very much alive and sent Union County out on downs at midfield.
Bolden and Foster teamed up again for a play-action pass that carried to the 21. J. Harris danced in from there and Giavanni Arrendondo booted the extra point to put the Cards up 37-14.
It kept going down hill for Union County. Armstrong’s long pass was picked by Brantley Harris, who made it deep inside Union territory. Bolden scored from 11 yards out. The point-after try failed and the score was 43-14 with :40.3 left in the third.
Montgomery came out of the Union County pack with the football and somehow eluded all Cardinals for a long touchdown on the kickoff return. The fullback, Grafton Pannell, converted for two to move the visitors up to 43-22. The quarter ended on that score.
The Cardinals were not done scoring. Bolden threw another touchdown strike to Foster, this one for 19 yards, but they didn’t convert. The score was 49-22.
After that, the teams swapped possessions and each went three and out. However, when Union got the ball back the visitors turned a couple of first downs and then their flanker, Vadelle Rooker, swept left end for six and then Pannell converted for two more. The game ended on that score of 49-30.
The Cardinals upped their regular season record to 6-3. They will be at Marshal Academy Friday (7 p.m. kickoff) and close out the schedule at New Site on October 28.
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