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Tuscaloosa Academy rolls up fourth straight win


Tuscaloosa Academy quarterback Jonathan Plott (9) follows a blocker around the end. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)


 

TUSCALOOSA | The Tuscaloosa Academy Knights routed the Morgan Academy Senators in a battle of unbeatens Friday night, 42-7, to advance to 4-0.

The Knights scored early and often, with two touchdowns in the first quarter. The scores came on a 6-yard run by running back Jaevon Walter and a 9-yard pass from Jonathan Plott to receiver Parker Farley.

The Knights increased their lead in the second quarter on another touchdown from Plott, this time coming on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Entering halftime, the Knights led 22-0 and had held the Senators to a paltry 22 yards of total offense.

Tuscaloosa Academy coach Robert Johnson praised his team for its physical play.

“We played very well tonight,” Johnson said. “Morgan came to play. They’re a very well-coached team. They’re very disciplined, they came out to hit us hard tonight, but our guys responded. ... The results speak for themselves.”

The Knights refused to let off in the third quarter, using a swarming defense and physical ground game to keep the game well within their grasp. Tuscaloosa Academy scored the next two touchdowns to go up 36-0, effectively sealing Morgan Academy’s fate. The first score was a 43-yard scamper from running back Clay Thomas, while the second was a 30-yard touchdown connection between Plott and Farley.

Trevor Bates managed to score on a late 1-yard touchdown run for the Senators, but the Knights struck again with a 1-yard TD from Will Atkinson. After a missed point after, the score was 42-7. Neither team threatened again.

The Knights held the Senators to 86 yards of offense, forcing five turnovers in the process. The Knights’ leaders on the night were Walter, who ran for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Plott, who went 6 for 13 for two touchdowns and 129 yards passing, and rushed for another.

“Honestly, I thought it was a very average performance,” Plott said. “Didn’t hit on a lot of passes that I really would have liked to get back myself. But my offensive line played great, my receivers played their hearts out, so I got to give it up to them, no doubt.”

Despite the convincing win, Johnson said his team had a lot of things to improve on heading into next week’s game: cutting down on penalties and turnovers, to name a couple.

“We’ll see the film,” Johnson said. “We’ll get up here tomorrow morning at 9, and we’ll start working. There’s always something to improve on, and that’s what we tell our guys.”

The Knights’ play at 7 p.m. next Friday at Restoration Academy.