PRATTVILLE — Prattville junior quarterback Josh Moore admitted he played around too much in practice last week during practice. This week, he didn’t play around with Smiths Station.
Moore finished with 249 total yards and three touchdowns as he led the Lions to a 28-7 victory Friday over the Panthers at Stanley-Jensen Stadium. Moore came back strong after throwing three interceptions against Gulfport (Mississippi) last week for his best passing performance of the season.
“I just had to refocus,” Moore said. “Every week, you never know which team can beat you. The team depends on my play, and I had to bounce back.”
Moore’s 40-yard touchdown run put the Lions on the board for a 7-0 lead with 3:47 left in the opening quarter. His ankle-breaking 23-yard scoring run gave Prattville a 21-0 lead with 4:07 left in the third.
The Lions (3-0, 1-0 Class 7A, Region 2) gained over 400 yards of total offense and wore down the Panthers’ defense in the second half.
Prattville head coach Chad Anderson said Moore did a great job getting back to the basics in practice all week.
“Sometimes it’s all fundamentals,” Anderson said. “Last week, he had one pick that went off our receiver’s hand and those things happen. You have to get back on the horse, and I thought he did that tonight.”
Prattville running back Kingston Davis carried the ball 28 times for 173 yards and a touchdown. Davis had 16 carries for 101 yards in the second half. Lions receiver Derek Gappa caught a 22-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 remaining to close the scoring.
Senior linebacker K.J. Lawrence led the Prattville defense with 12 tackles. Defensive back T.J. Albert had an interception of Smiths Station quarterback Dalton Sinquefield.
“It was our first area game, and we wanted to start off fast and get the job done,” Lawrence said. “Our coaches do a great job preparing the defenses each week. We’ll look at the film (today) and get ready for the next one.”
Smiths Station (3-1, 1-1) only gained 61 total yards in the first half.
Sinquefield completed 8 of 27 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown, with most of his yards coming late in the fourth quarter. Running back K.J. Johnson was held to just 58 yards on 21 carries.
Renold Williams led the Panthers defense with 11 total tackles. Anthony Ortiz had eight tackles and a sack.
The Lions travel for the first time this season as they take on Central-Phenix City (3-1, 2-0) at 7 p.m. next Friday and may have to go without receiver DeKeith Whatley. Whatley suffered a lower leg injury in the second half.
“We’ll be ready for the Red Devils,” Moore said. “This game was a confidence builder for us and for me. Losing DeKeith changes our offense a lot, but we need to be strong next week.”