After a back and forth first quarter, the rushing duo of Josh Thomas and Justin Woolfolk wore down the Prattville Christian defense as Montgomery Academy ran away with 48-14 victory on Friday.
PCA held a 14-7 lead before the Montgomery Academy offense got going.
But when the Eagles started rolling, they didn’t stop.
“We just had to wake up,” Montgomery Academy quarterback Josh Thomas said. “We came out flat on defense and on offense. But everybody just believed and kept digging, and we finally pulled it out.”
The Eagles (2-0, 1-0 Class 2A, Region 5) forced three turnovers to ignite the offense in the second quarter — two forced fumbles and one interception — which helped them take a two score lead at the break.
Woolfolk, a tailback had touchdown runs of 18 and 38 yards in the second quarter, and added another 68-yard touchdown in the third on his way to a nine carry, 174-yard day.
“He had a good game, but he only had nine carries. I have to think about what I’m doing. I’m not getting him the ball enough,” Montgomery Academy coach Anthony McCall said. “He had some big plays. He didn’t touch the ball much, but he’s just an explosive player.”
Eagles quarterback Josh Thomas added 54 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He also went 4-for-8 passing for 81 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to Sam LaPlatney on the first play of the second half to give Montgomery Academy a 35-14 lead.
“We just had to get our mind right,” Woolfolk said. “It was mostly mental stuff. But once we got all that taken care of, it was fine. We just went out and executed. This was just part of our game plan. When you execute, stuff like this happens.”
Thomas didn’t save all of his highlights for when he was on offense, he also got the crowd on their feet with a bone-rattling sack to force a fumble in the second quarter.
And he said he had no reservations laying out a fellow quarterback.
“That was fun,” Thomas said. “No mercy.”
Prattville Christian quarterback Hunter Mozingo went 12-for-17 passing for 113 yards and an interception. Tight end John Watts led the Panthers (0-2, 0-1) in receiving with four catches for 48 yards.
PCA running back Chase Barnard, who suffered a pectoral injury late in the game, had 15 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown.
“The big difference was the turnovers in the first half,” PCA coach Sam Peak said. “You give them a short field, and that enables them to do a lot of things. We can’t turn the ball over with a good football team like that and expect to be successful.”
PCA heads to Isabella next week. The Eagles host Horseshoe Bend next week, and improve to 2-0 after earning an always important region win.
“That’s what it’s all about,” McCall said. “You don’t want to start off in the hole in region. That’s the last thing you want. Winning this one and hosting again next week, hopefully we can got to work and get better. Still got a long way to go.”