It’s all about momentum at this point in the season.
And Stanhope Elmore football coach Jeff Foshee wouldn’t like anything more than a repeat performance from his football team the rest of the way.
At Foshee-Henderson Stadium, seniors Roger Young, Deandre Beck and Brandon Wilson accounted for six touchdowns to lead an aggressive attack in the Mustangs’ 45-28 victory over rival Wetumpka on Friday.
“We want this to carry over into next week and hopefully we’ll play well enough to carry it over into the week after that,” Foshee said. “I am proud of the guys; we made plays, we threw the football well, we executed and ran the ball well.”
This time a season ago, Stanhope Elmore (7-2, 5-2 Class 6A, Region 4) barely could find any type of momentum, limping to a disappointing 4-6 mark to miss the postseason for the first time since the school jumped to the AHSAA’s largest classification.
The failures of 2011 are far removed, and the Mustangs continued to prove it.
Already up 3-0 behind Angel Vasquez’s 29-yard field goal, Stanhope added to its first-quarter advantage when Young zigzagged his way through the special teams of Wetumpka (3-6, 2-5) for a crowd-cheering 89-yard punt return at the 5:30 mark in the first quarter.
“I went across the field, then I came back for my (teammates) to make a block and I’d seen a hole and I took it,” said Young, who nearly returned another punt before being tackled at the 2-yard line in the third.” That’s what I tried to do with the others ones — take it to the house.”
Looking to extend the lead over the Indians, Foshee called for an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, and Willie Ezell recovered at the Wetumpka 36. The Mustangs only needed four plays to locate the end zone when Beck sprinted in from 10 yards out on third-and-goal to make it 17-0.
“We were up 10-0 and we saw something. We went for it, and we got it,” Foshee said. “There was an opportunity there for us, and we took advantage of it.”
Wilson hooked up with Corbin Shaw for a 60-yard bomb in the waning seconds of the opening half to back Wetumpka into a corner heading into the locker room. Wilson’s second TD strike — a 50-yard toss to Young — created a 31-point lead that allowed for the starters to rest the entire fourth period.
“We played good on defense and offense executed,” Stanhope senior Arie Anderson said.
Wetumpka’s only meaningful touchdown came when Charlie Crenshaw scooped and scored after picking up O.J. Jackson’s fumble late in the first quarter. The Indians scored three late TDs against Stanhope’s second-team defense.
“We just got a lot of players where this is their first year to start and struggled with the mistakes we made,” Indians first-year coach Tim Perry said. “It’s hard to bounce back after turnovers. We didn’t help ourselves out making mistakes against a well-coached team like that.”