Prattville aiming to return to title game

Prattville aiming to return to title game


Prattville aiming to return to title game


Prattville’s Jalen Ray and the Lions are motivated to return to the AHSAA Class 7A title game and win the championship.

Prattville’s Jalen Ray and the Lions are motivated to return to the AHSAA Class 7A title game and win the championship.

The loss to Hoover in the Class 7A state championship still sticks with the Prattville Lions.

In a season where the Lions weren’t expected to make any noise, their storybook season fell short. But expectations are high in 2015. After missing the championship game with a collarbone injury, Michigan-commit running back Kingston Davis is doing everything he can to get Prattville back.

“It’s in my mind every day. I wish I could’ve played. But this year, I think I can take my team back to the state championship,” Davis said.

Davis is one of two Michigan commits on the Prattville roster. Linebacker Dytarious Johnson committed to the Wolverines and looks to spearhead a defense that was hit and miss last year.

The Lions open the regular season by hosting Stanhope Elmore on Aug. 28.

“Last year was a tough season. We were doubted a lot, nobody thought we’d win. Nobody thought we’d get to the playoffs, and we proved them wrong. But we came up short, and it’s made us even hungrier,” Johnson said.

Coming off of a season where they racked up a school-record 4,478 rushing yards, the Lions have key pieces to replace on offense. Junior quarterback Josh Moore will replace Keith Washington, the reigning All-Metro Player of the Year, who signed with Michigan.

“Josh is a little bit of different runner than Keith, he’s very elusive with what he does. I think he has a better grasp of the passing game than Keith did at this point of the season,” Prattville coach Chad Anderson said. “He’s just a different personality. He’s more outspoken out there. Josh is learning how to command his group, and he’s done a good job with that so far.”

Even with a stud like Davis in the backfield, the Lions need another player to step up in the run game. Running back Joseph Burke transferred to Autauga Academy, leaving Prattville to rely on young players to spell the three-star.

Offensive tackle Kenny Thomas signed with Louisville, and the offensive line will be anchored around senior tackle Cody Wyatt. Senior receiver Derek Gappa looks like he’ll be the one to step up for West Alabama signee Seth Knotts.

“When you’re talking about high school and college, that’s what you deal with every year. People graduate, and you have to be able to reload and replace,” Anderson said. “It changes the chemistry, and it changes the dynamics of your team every year. That’s kind of the unknown factor you have to consider each year. How they play together, we don’t know that until they strap it on and line up.”


Region: Class 7A, Region 2

2014: 11-3 (4-2 region)

Coach: Chad Anderson (fourth season, 23-10; 12th season overall, 77-44)

Coordinators: Bam Richards (offense), Ryan Wilson (defense)

Best-case scenario: Prattville can’t expect to rekindle last year’s postseason magic, can it? Maybe the Lions make the semifinals again.

Worst-case scenario: The Lions sing “Hail to the Victors” a bit too much, can’t recapture their road playoff magic and, for the second time in three years, lose in the first round.


Friday open

Aug. 28 Stanhope Elmore

Sept. 4 Gulfport (Miss.)

Sept. 11 Smiths Station

Sept. 18 at Central-Phenix City

Sept. 25 at Carver-Montgomery

Oct. 3 at Jeff Davis

Oct. 9 at Enterprise

Oct. 16 Auburn

Oct. 23 Lee-Montgomery

Oct. 30 at Valley


at Stanhope Elmore W, 36-26

at Gulfport (Miss.) W, 43-23

at Smiths Station W, 48-0

Central-Phenix City L, 42-34

Carver-Montgomery W, 52-20

Jeff Davis W, 42-34

Enterprise W, 42-13

at Auburn L, 37-7

at Lee-Montgomery W, 21-19

Valley W, 42-0


at Baker (OT) W, 41-35

at Central-Phenix City W, 26-7

at Foley W, 42-17

vs. Hoover L, 35-21

— A. Stacy Long


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