Montgomery Academy 21, Trinity 0: Eagles post shutout

Montgomery Academy 21, Trinity 0: Eagles post shutout


Montgomery Academy 21, Trinity 0: Eagles post shutout


Montgomery Academy’s Samuel Hudson sacks Trinity quarterback Charlie Trotman at MA’s campus on Friday.

Montgomery Academy’s Samuel Hudson sacks Trinity quarterback Charlie Trotman at MA’s campus on Friday.

During practice earlier in the week, Montgomery Academy coach Anthony McCall issued a challenge to his defensive front in preparation for their contest against rival Trinity.

“I told them on Wednesday that they had to step up their game, to physically dominate, and, man, did they ever respond,” McCall said. “They told me today during warm-ups, ‘Coach, we got you.’”

Let by the constant pressure of Sidney Mims and ball-hawking ability of Jud Blount, MA manhandled Trinity Friday night at McLemore Field, posting their first shutout against the Wildcats since 1982 in a convincing 21-0 victory.

The Eagles (4-1 in Class 3A) limited Trinity (3-3 in Class 4A) to 62 total yards — including minus-1 in the first half — and forced five Wildcat turnovers to notch their first three-game winning streak over Trinity since 1986-88.

“Our defense made the difference tonight. We were sputtering on offense, but the defense kept giving us chances,” McCall said.

Blount, who led the Eagles with 10 tackles along with Sam Hudson, led the opportunistic defense with a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception.

“We played all-out the whole game. I had the mentality that if there was a loose ball, I was going to get it. It’s just a matter of desire that we all showed,” Blount said.

“The bottom line is they kicked our tails. They outcoached us and outplayed us in every facet of the game. Their #93 (Mims) pressured us all game, and we just didn’t have an answer for him,” Trinity coach Randy Ragsdale said.

Mims, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior lineman, spent most of the evening disrupting the Wildcat offense.

“I still remember a few years ago when MA went 0-10 and most people thought our program was done. Finishing up with three wins against Trinity proves that we’re back on top,” Mims said. “I just played with an angry mindset tonight, and I expected to get a shutout.”

MA took the lead on its opening possession, marching 68 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Barton Lester scored on a 25-yard keeper, dragging three Trinity defenders with him as he dove for the pylon.

The Eagles racked up 228 yards in the first half, but had three possessions in the red zone, which resulted in an interception and two missed field goals.

“Even though we didn’t play well, I thought we were still in good position at the half only being down by seven points,” Ragsdale said.

Trinity appeared poised to dent the scoreboard on the opening drive of the third quarter, but a holding penalty nullified a 42-yard pass from Charlie Trotman to Robert Adams down to the MA 20.

The Wildcats then self-destructed, turning the ball over on their next five possessions.

Blount’s interception set up the second Eagle scoring drive at the Trinity 36. Nelson Whyte collected a Lester screen pass and scampered 34 yards, scoring from 2 yards out on the next play to push the margin to 14-0 late in the third.

Keefe White capped the scoring with an electrifying 53-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth period.

Lester, who connected with seven different receivers, finished 11 of 17 for 179 yards. Whyte led the Eagle ground attack with 66 yards on 18 carries.

Trotman was 9 of 27 for 62 yards for Trinity, with Adams hauling in four for 47 yards. Trinity managed only five rushing yards in 23 attempts.


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