MADISON — An in-game quarterback change for Madison-Ridgeland Academy turned out to be a smart move Friday night as the Patriots defeated Lamar School, 28-10.
Senior Karter Bounds replaced freshman Hunter Hulsey at quarterback for the Patriots on the second series of the game. The two quarterbacks alternated at the position for the rest of the half, before Coach Herbert Davis decided at halftime to fully go with Bounds.
“They were bringing a lot of pressure, (and) we didn’t have much time to throw the ball,” said Bounds. “We had to do something to give us a little spark and get everybody motivated, so he thought maybe I could get back there and help us out.”
Bounds did more than that as he rushed for 95 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. He also completed 5 of 8 for 84 yards, but he did throw an interception late in the second half.
“Karter came in and did a great job and sparked us,” said Davis. “A lot of times when we think we are going to run more we put Karter in. And he did a good job.”
Offensively, both teams struggled in the first half. Hulsey completed 1 of 8 passes for minus-3 yards. Senior running back Clint Moses rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown, but was injured late in the second quarter on a tackle by Davis Harrison. Moses did not return.
For Lamar, junior quarterback Davis Harrison also had a rough first half, completing 5 of 15 passes for 45 yards and an interception. Things did not get better for him in the second half, as he only completed 3 of 9 passes for 28 yards before being sidelined for the rest of the game.
With the win, the Patriots are now on a six-game winning streak as the AAAA playoffs begin next week.
“We are right where we want to be,” said Davis. “(We) won the North, got the bye, and that’s what we wanted. (I am) looking forward to seeing if we can get better and prepare ourself for the playoffs.”
Madison-Ridgeland Academy ends their regular season with a 9-2 record, going 5-0 in the district. Lamar finishes with a 8-3 record, going 3-2 in the district. Both teams will continue their season in the AAAA playoffs, which starts next week.
Karter Bounds, senior quarterback MRA
Davis finished the game with 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns on twelve attempts, and he also completed five out of eight passes for 84 yards with an interception after replacing freshman Hunter Hulsey.
The Patriots are playing good football as of late, as they are riding a six-game winning streak going into the AAAA playoffs.