The 2015 season didn’t go as many of the Indian faithful would have liked, and after a 35-3 loss in the first round of the playoffs, Wetumpka’s season ended with a 4 -7 record.
Coach Tim Perry pulled his team together on McAdory Field in McAlla, Alabama, and told his players to keep their head up. The season didn’t go as planned, but they still made it to the first round of the playoffs.
Wetumpka came into the game against McAdory knowing that it was going to be a difficult to come away with a victory.
“We told the team that this was arguably the best team we’ve faced all year, with the exception of Park Crossing,” Perry said. “We knew they were fast on both sides of the ball. We knew they have some great skilled players.”
McAdory’s defense came up strong as they were able to force the Indian offense to three 3-and-outs in the first half. They held the Wetumpka offense to 115 total yards (66 rushing and 49 receiving).
For the sixth straight week the Indians scored points on their first drive of the game. Wetumpka was able to move the ball down the field into McAdory territory. The drive stalled on the McAdory 6-yard line.
Will Digmon’s 23-yard field goal gave Wetumpka the early lead 3-0 with 5:31 remaining in the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets then forced Wetumpka to go 3-and-out on their next three possessions.
McAdory scored three times in the first half. The first was a 1-yard touchdown by senior quarterback J. J Jones.
Jones then connected with Phillip Brown for a 9-yard touchdown. Terry Shaquil ended the first half scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run up the middle.
McAdory scored on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter when Shaquil scored his second touchdown from 17 yards out.
Wetumpka lost the services of Keldon Washington and was down to one senior on defense.
Washington left the game in the second quarter, as a result of bruised ribs from the Lee game last week.
“The starting tailback is nursing a hip pointer,” Perry said. “We knew coming into this game that we were going to have to play our best game of the season. They have a lot of outstanding players, and we just couldn’t defend all them.”
Wetumpka finished with seven losses for just the second time since 1992 (2-7 in 2011).