PRATTVILLE – When Prattville seniors were honored on the final night of the regular season, there was excitement, but there was also focus.
The Lions were getting ready for the 7A playoffs Friday as they took on Valley. They looked pretty well-prepared, too, in a 42-0 victory.
“We’re starting to get guys healthy and clicking on all cylinders,” Lions head coach Chad Anderson said, “We got off to a sloppy start, but this effort is what we need.”
The scary part for Prattville was that they needed to get through this game healthy.
The Lions (8-2) got some bad news earlier Friday when backup quarterback Kendarius Manora was ruled out for the season with a broken hand. So Prattville’s hopes for a state championship run may rest on the right shoulder of quarterback Keith Washington.
Washington hit on 7 of 18 passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns, but his first few passes looked less than crisp.
“We wanted to work on some things in the passing game,” Anderson said, “Losing KD is huge. He could start in a lot of places. We’ll definitely miss him, for sure.”
The Lions scored 14 points in the first quarter and 21 points in the second quarter.
Lions junior running back Kingston Davis, who had 125 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run. Davis also scored from 43 yards out in the second half.
“The line does an excellent job of blocking for me and Joseph (Burke),” Davis said, “Our running game opens up the passing game, so we have to keep it going.”
Washington’s 15-yard touchdown pass to senior Christian Mays gave the Lions a 14-0 lead, then Washington rushed 47 yards for a score to make it 21-0.
Prattville senior Derek Gappa had a 4-yard touchdown reception with 5:28 left in the second quarter for a 28-0 lead.
Valley (3-7) only had seven first downs for the game and committed three turnovers.
The Prattville defense was stingy all night, allowing just 83 total yards in earning its first shutout since September.
Lions linebacker K.J. Lawrence had seven tackles and a sack.
“My defensive line helped keep me free,” Lawrence said, “It was a total team effort. I just wanted to do it for our seniors.”
Dytarious Johnson returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown to give Prattville a 35-0 lead at the half. which made the score 35-0 at halftime.
The Lions open the playoffs in Mobile against Baker on Friday.