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Moss guides Gordo past ACA


Gordo’s Devin Prude (13) tries to escape the grasp of ACA defender Stevie Jones (3). (Photo by Marion R. Walding)


 

TUSCALOOSA | Junior quarterback Lane Moss helped Gordo muscle through as he threw two touchdown passes in a 17-7 win against American Christian Academy on Friday night.

The Greenwave found the scoreboard in the first quarter, when Moss connected with Marcus Jones for a 70-yard touchdown pass, pushing Gordo to a 7-0 lead.

“They’re a fundamentally sound football team,” ACA coach John Causey said. “If you make a few mistakes — and we made a few mistakes — you’re going to be fighting an uphill battle.”

The Patriots settled in after the half. ACA quarterback Mohlenbrok completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to John Roberts to tie the score at 7.

Still, Gordo didn’t rest easy. The Greenwave found the scoreboard 22 seconds later when Moss connected with Jarron Cousette for a 90-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

“I was running the counter play, and my line was blocking real well, just giving me big holes to open through, and when I saw them I just busted through there,” Moss said.

Moss was the backbone for the Greenwave, as he completed 10 of 21 passes for 240 yards.

“We were expecting a lot out of Lane this year, and he’s finally getting a chance to succeed, and we’re doing some things to help him, blocking up front and catching the ball,” Gordo coach David McKinney said. “If we can catch it and throw the ball and run it just a little bit to make people stay honest, we got a chance to be competitive every Friday night.”

With five minutes left in the game, Devin Prude, a junior, kicked a 21-yard field goal for Gordo to reach the final score of 17-7.

The Patriots expected difficulty after losing more than one of their players to injury last week, including sophomore wide receiver Parker Dare who left the Fultondale game with three broken ribs and a lacerated kidney.

Causey praised several of ACA’s younger players for stepping up, including junior punter Connor Thigpen and his brother Charlie Thigpen, a freshman.

“The greatest thing about the whole thing, and what I told the players, is that they didn’t quit, and we’re a better football team,” Causey said.

Next week, Gordo (4-2, 3-1 in Class 3A, Region 3) will host Northside, while ACA (3-3, 3-1) will host Greensboro.