Friday, October 16, 2015
Auburn High School
Prattville High School
One yard- 36 inches, doesnât seem like much, but for the Prattville Lions Friday night at Stanley-Jensen Stadium, it meant a playoff date at home. For a win over Prattville and one over Smiths Station next week also would net the visiting Auburn Tigers second place and a home game. Prattville held a 17-14 lead over the visiting Tigers with 2:30 left to play plus the Lions controlled the ball at Auburnâs 27. It was fourth and one. It was decision time for Prattvilleâs coaching staff. Kick a field goal and you are up by six and with AJ Reedâs foot most likely the Tigers have to travel 80-yards to score with little time. Reed had already kicked four into the end zone. Go for the first down and make it you can run out the clock.
Prattville rolled the dice and decided to give the Ball to Kingston Davis and trust the offensive line to give him space for the one yard needed for the first down. The Lions rolled snake eyes as Davis was stuffed for no Gain.
Three plays later on third and four with 1:38 on the clock second string quarterback Brooks Fuller hit Rob Smith with a 32 yard aerial down to Prattvilleâs 46. One play later the Lionsâ season was on the brink of staying home for the playoffs. Fuller found Patrick Anders down the sidelines for a touchdown.
The Lions still had a tad of life left with 1:25 taking over at its 20. Josh Moore flipped an 11 yard aerial to DeKeith Whaley to the 31. He then found Derek Grappa at the 44. Grappa coughed up the pigskin and Rodney Jordan cradled the loose ball for the Tigers and the celebration began.
Robert E. Lee will come to Prattville next Friday October 23 knowing a win will send the Generals to the final position in the playoffs and could sent the Lions home for the winter wondering what happen. Prattville has won 13 consecutive games over the Generals. The last Lee victory came on October 22, 1999. Hopefully Halloween will not come early for the Lions.
It was a bitter defeat for this Prattville team that began the season with so much promise. Prattville won the statistical battle, but as the old saying goes, âstats are for the losersâ sounded loud and clear.
Prattville held the ball for 27 minutes, and had 12 first downs to Auburnâs six, gained 257 yards on the ground plus 131 in the air. Auburn had 128 yards rushing and 143 in the air.
Prattville turned the ball over three times, and left two touchdowns on the field, once at the Auburn three yard line with a first and goal that netted nothing.
Senior Kingston Davis had his seventh consecutive 100-yard rushing game finishing with 141 yards with 25 carries. He now has 1,334 for the season. Josh Moore added 99 yards rushing and 131 via the air for the season total of 1,303.
Prattville scored first on their second possession with a 48-yard field goal from AJ Reed. The drive began at the Lionsâ 11 and was highlighted by Mooreâs 36 yard scramble to the Tigers â31.
Prattville increased the lead to 10-0 with 5:12 left in the half as Moore blasted over from the two yard line. Octavius Betts recovered Tyus Flakesâ fumble at the Tigersâ 26 to set up the quick TD. Prattville scored twice but the first touchdown was called back for a block in back penalty. Four plays later Moore plowed over from the two.
Auburn took the ensuing kickoff and marched down field to the Prattville 4-yard line. On second down with 1:27 left in the half Fuller fumbled and Cobi Smith picked up the loose ball and scooted into the end zone. A Prattville lineman had opportunity to recovery the ball but try to pick it up and the ball rolled away into Smithâs hands.
Prattville took the ensuing kickoff and behind Mooreâs passing zipped to the Auburn 26 where Reed attempted a 43-yard field goal, which sailed under the goal post.
Neither team could muster any offense during the third quarter struggle bringing up the fatal fourth quarter and Auburnâs two touchdowns in the final minutes.
Early in the fourth Prattville took over at the Tiger 37 following a short punt. Moore overthrew Grappa in the end zone which would have been a sure touchdown. Prattville had to punt with Preston Knightâs punt rolling out at the 16.
Two stabs at the line netted eight yards. On third down Flakes broke off tackle 67- yards to the Lion 8. He then carried twice into the end zone for a 14-10 lead with 6:53 left.
Prattville roared back with a quick five play drive covering 80-yards. Moore kept the drive alive with a second down scamper of 61 yards to the Auburn 35. Two plays later Davis scored with a 29 yard burst around right end and a 17-14 lead with 5:10 remaining.
On the ensuing possession Austin Wilson intercepted Brooks pass at the Auburn 36. The Prattville home stands packed to the rafters were delirious- âone first down thatâs all we need.ââ True one first down and the Lions probably would win the epic battle. Three stabs at the line by Davis netted eight yards bringing up the fourth and one situation. The rest is history.