Sidney Lanier coach Angelo Wheeler wanted two things out of his Poets Friday night against Jeff Davis — a complete game and a decent running attack. He got both.
And Lanier got its second win of the year, 30-7.
“This was really the first complete game we’ve played all year,” Wheeler said. “We’ve been so close in so many games. We lost two by one point each. We were up by 12 on Opelika last week (before losing 43-12). Us playing a complete game has been coming.”
It helps when the opponent is JD.
The Vols have lost all six of their games by a combined score of 267-54. And it has been the same story each week — turnovers, costly mistakes, bad penalties and general disarray.
JD head coach Vincent Wiggins expected a few problems with a young team, but he’s gotten more than he bargained for.
“I’m at a loss for words, to be quite honest,” Wiggins said. “Each week, we come in with confidence. We have good practices. But when the lights come on, it’s like we’re in a fog. And it’s the same things every time. We make the same mistakes. And we put ourselves behind, and we’re not a team that can come from behind. As soon as a team gets seven points up on us, it’s lights out.”
It took Lanier (2-5, 1-4 Class 6A, Region 3) until late in the first quarter to get its first score, but the Poets went about it just the way they wanted.
A combination of quarterback Patrick Perry and running backs Ger’Kerry Jackson and Javontae Davidson combined to rush seven times for 62 yards, including Davidson’s 5-yard scoring run.
Lanier started rolling from there.
On the Poets’ next possession, they moved 68 yards in 11 plays. That drive, which featured nine running plays for 38 yards, ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Perry to Tristian Buyck to make it 12-0.
“We have three good backs, and we need to use them,” Wheeler said. “We knew if we came out and established the run, we could control the game.”
Except for a brief moment in the second half, that’s what happened.
After a Lanier three-and-out to open the second half, JD (0-7, 0-5) moved quickly down the field for its lone score of the night. Sadan Knight capped an eight-play drive with an 18-yard TD run to pull the Vols to within five points.
The threat vanished quickly. Perry and Buyck hooked up for a 46-yard score just minutes later, pushing the Poets’ lead to 18-7.
Early in the fourth, the two hooked up once more — this time for a 15-yard TD — that made it 24-7. The Vols’ final score was a 2-yard run by Jaquan Sanders.