Stanhope Elmore junior defensive back Willie Ezell had two interceptions and linebacker Alijah Reeves had a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Mustangs’ 48-7 victory over Marbury on Thursday at Foshee-Henderson Stadium.
The Mustangs had four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Stanhope Elmore head Coach Jeff Foshee was pleased with the defensive intensity.
“Our defense played a different style of offense last week that made us better. We played very well, except for that one touchdown.”
The Mustangs (1-0) held the Bulldogs (0-1) to only 94 yards in the first half, helping to open a 28-7 halftime lead. On offense, Mustang senior quarterback Jaryus Wilson also played well, going 5-for-7 for 115 yards with a 70-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Brown. Running back Jeremy Powers ran for 55 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs’ offense got out of the blocks early after a muffed punt by Ezell in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Blake Davies threw a 15-yard TD pass to Gabe Wurtz to tie the game at 7-7. Davies, who threw for only 50 yards with two interceptions, left the game in the second quarter after being sacked, but did return. Sophomore Caleb Hollon took over for Davies in the second half and also had two picks.
The Bulldogs’ defense gave up more than 250 yards of total offense and had nine penalties for 65 yards.
Bulldogs coach James Strickland said he will use this game as a learning experience.
“Every loss is a tough loss. We played very with the numbers we have.”
Next week, Stanhope Elmore will start Class 6A, Region 4 play by traveling to Pelham, and Marbury begins Class 5A, Region 2 play by hosting Benjamin Russell.