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Tuscaloosa Academy continues dominance


Tuscaloosa Academy’s Jaevon Walton (7) led the Knights with 134 yards rushing on just 10 carries and scored two touchdowns in Friday’s win against Kingwood Christian. TA remains unbeaten at 9-0. (Photo by Betsy Seymour)


 

TUSCALOOSA | The Tuscaloosa Academy Knights’ defense allowed only seven points to the Kingwood Christian Lions in Friday’s 42-7 victory.

The Knights’ defense held the Lions to 88 rushing yards and 9 passing yards, with only two completions on 10 attempts. The Knights’ also got two interceptions. Senior linebacker Dillon Anderson had one of the interceptions and ran it back 50 yards for a score to put the Knights ahead 28-0.

“We had good pressure in the front to cause the fumbles and interceptions,” TA coach Robert Johnson said. “Defense starts in the front, so we had to make sure we had enough guys to add the right amount of pressure. Our secondary did well. They only allowed one deep catch by Kingwood.”

The Lions had trouble hanging on to the ball. They had eight fumbles but lost just one.

Lions’ head coach Bob Spurgeon concluded the cause of the poor handling of the ball was due to the inexperienced back-up quarterback, who had not played in the quarterback position up until this point.

“Our starting QB is injured, so we had to use a back-up,” Spurgeon said. “Tuscaloosa Academy has a great football team and it isn’t necessarily the team we would like to have a back-up quarterback in, but we had to do it.”

The Knights’ offense scored 42 unanswered points against the Lions and rushed for 247 yards on 34 attempts. Junior running back Jaevon Walton led the offensive stride, rushing for 134 yards on 10 carries. He also scored two touchdowns on rushes of 3 and 12 yards.

“Jaevon played awesome on both sides of the field. He makes those tough runs and is successful with it. That’s how he has played all year,” Johnson said.

“Knowing it was homecoming, I think I played well. My line helped me out a lot though. They allowed me to hit the cutback lane, which is how I found most of my holes.” Walton said.

Besides Walton, the Knights had a selection of running backs used, including senior Clay Thomas, senior Jonathan Teesdale, and senior Will Atkinson.

“All our running backs did great. We had multiple people carrying the ball tonight,” Johnson said. 

The Knights’ senior quarterback Jonathan Plott completed 4 of 6 passes for 65 yards. He also threw two touchdowns — a 15-yard pass to Teesdale and a 22-yard pass to senior wide receiver Carter Standeffer.

Tuscaloosa Academy (9-0) will host Monroe Academy next Friday.