Yates, defense lead Sumiton Christian to region rout
by Ricky Taylor
Oct 26, 2013 | 835 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The Sumiton Christian Eagles soared to an easy 41-0 victory over the Southeastern Mustangs in their final home game of the season on Friday night.

The Eagles (3-5) dominated every aspect of the game, scoring an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown to take a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Sumiton Christian’s JT Money and Caleb Dollar each had two interceptions in the game, while Josh Yates led the offense with over 200 all purpose yards.

The game started with an impressive drive by Sumiton Christian. Starting at their own 27-yard line, the Eagles would take the ball down to the Mustang 20-yard line while eating up half of the time in the first quarter. The Eagles looked unstoppable with the ball until a big sack by Southeasterns Justin Grubb on 3rd-and-7 from the Mustang 19-yard line.

Yates was then unable to find his target on 4th-and-long, resulting in a turnover on downs.

The Mustangs were unable to convert on the turnover, however, giving the ball back after three quick — and unsuccessful — running plays.

Sumiton Christian took advantage of the opportunity and seized the momentum with an 82-yard touchdown pass from Yates to Spencer DeFoor to take a 7-0 lead.

Southeastern did its best to answer the score on the ensuing drive, marching down to a first and goal on the Eagle 1-yard line before being denied. Two consecutive sacks would lead to an incompletion on 3rd-and-goal on an attempted screen pass. On 4th-down-and-goal from the 12, the Mustangs would attempt a screen pass to the halfback for the second straight play.

This time Money had the play read perfectly, intercepting the pass and flying down the sideline 90 yards for the touchdown. The pick-six would give Sumiton Christian a 14-0 lead with just over nine minutes left in the first half.

Southeastern would go backward on their next drive and be forced to punt after just three plays. The Eagles’ Demonte Hobbs took advantage of his first punt return of the evening, taking the ball 45 yards to complete the first half triumvirate of touchdowns. Sumiton Christian would hold the Mustangs on another Money interception to take the 21-0 lead to the locker room.

The second half would open with a fumble on the first play from scrimmage by the Mustangs which was recovered by Sumiton Christian. It was all Eagles from there, as Yates would cap a quick 24 yard drive with a 3 yard touchdown scamper to take a 28-0 lead.

A Caleb Dollar interception on the next drive would set up a 43 yard touchdown pass from Yates to Hobbs to give the Eagles a 35-0 lead with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter.

On the next drive the Mustangs were held to another quick three and out, but decided to try a fake punt on fourth down. The trick turned out to be a treat for the Eagles as Dollar made his second interception of the night to set up another Yates touchdown run. This score would be the final one for the game, giving Sumiton Christian the 41-0 victory.

Sumiton Christian was led defensively by Dollar and Money, who each had two interceptions. The offense was led by Yates who carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Yates also connected on 75 percent of his passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns while only throwing one interception.

Demonte Hobbs had 62 yards receiving on three receptions with one touchdown. He also had 18 yards rushing in addition to his punt return for a 45 yard touchdown. Spencer DeFoor added 97 yards receiving and a touchdown as well as 5 tackles.

Southeastern produced just 58 offensive yards in the first half and only 88 in the second, 55 of which came on the games final drive.

Sumiton Christian will conclude its season on the road next week at Corner.