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Akron tops Holy Spirit, remains unbeaten


Akron running back Deantay White (10) rips off yardage on a handoff against Holy Spirit. (Photo by Alicia Lavender)


 

TUSCALOOSA | Akron’s Marcus Conners stopped Holy Spirit’s Jon Denver just shy of the goal line on a fourth-and-six play in the first quarter. That defensive stand set the tone for Akron as the Rams shut out Holy Spirit 26-0 Friday night.

In the third quarter, Quinnxarious Jeffery intercepted a pass and ran it back 94 yards for an Akron touchdown.

In the fourth, Holy Spirit was in the red zone and Jeffery intercepted another pass to seal the game for the Rams.

“We scrambled to the ball, we got to the ball, we played hard. They hustled and flew around,” Akron coach Richard Bevill said.

Akron controlled the pace of the game with the hard rushing of Derion Jack and a strong defense that stopped Holy Spirit. Jack scored first for the Rams with a 28-yard run with 4:55 left in the first half.

The offensive heroes for Akron were quarterback Johnny Tubbs and Jeffery. Tubbs had 138 yards passing and 48 yards rushing. Jeffery — who scored on offense and defense for Akron — also scored on a reverse for 52 yards with 10:37 left in the third quarter.

“We did a good job, but we gotta try to do better on penalties,” Tubbs said.

Holy Spirit came out in the second half running the ball with running back Derrick Garnett. Garnett — who had not carried the ball since he was in eighth grade — stepped up big for the Titans.

“Our offensive line has been suffering a lot the first couple of weeks, but we really stepped up tonight and broke off some big runs,” Garnett said. Garnett plays defense and offense and rushed for 42 yards while splitting carries with running back Micheal Al Dijaili. 

“Last week, we gave up after the first drive and lost 62-6, and it feels a lot better to fight and lose 26-0,” Garnett said.

Akron (3-0) will host Maplesville next week.

Holy Spirit (0-3) will travel to Keith.