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Hartselle Enquirer

Wildcats offense too much for Patriots

Lauren Estes

Morgan Countian

 

Fort Payne brought a confident offense to James R. Tucker Friday night, defeating the Patriots 48-0.

The Wildcats scored early on in the first quarter to jump-start their lead, and would hold tight to that lead all four quarters.

Less than two minutes into the game, Darvice Maddox scored on a 35-yard punt-return for a touchdown. Evan McPherson was there to add the PAT and so began the Fort Payne offensive reign, 7-0.

With 2:44 to play, the wildcats scored again on 11-yard carry by Desman Turner. McPherson was true again on the extra point, sending the score 14-0.

McPherson made his presence known during game, connecting on his field goal attempts, first on a 35-yarder with 9:32 to play in the second quarter, and again with 3:24 play on a 31-yarder. The wildcats would score once more before the half with 2:18 to play following an interception pick off by Sam Young and return for a touchdown. Young returned the ball 29 yards. McPherson stayed true on his PAT.

A 45-yard field goal attempt with just seconds to play before the half, was unsuccessful by McPherson, and the wildcats led 27-0 at halftime.

A five yard drive and 1:35 off the clock made way for the next Fort Payne score in the third quarter.  An 80 yard-pass play from Logan Ellis to Wayna King added another six points on the board, followed by McPherson’s extra point.

Ellis found another receiver, N. Ridgeway for a 53-yard pass play and a touchdown with 5:38 to play in the third quarter. McPherson’s extra point was true again, and the Wildcats led 41-0.

The last score came in with less than two minutes to play in the game. A 35-yard quarterback keeper by R. Williams gave the Wildcats their final touchdown for the game. McPherson remained perfect on his PAT’s. The Wildcats finished with a 48-0 victory over Brewer in the conference game.

Brewer will play at Southside on Friday, while Fort Payne will play at Albertville.

 

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