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Pleasant Grove rolls over winless Stampede


Paul W. Bryant Quarterback Keonte Chambers slices through the Pleasant Grove defense for again during Friday night's game. (Photo by Betsy Seymour)


 

COTTONDALE | The Paul W. Bryant Stampede fell to 0-9 on the season Friday with a home defeat to the Pleasant Grove Spartans, 49-0.

The Stampede managed to hold the Spartans to a three-and-out on their first drive, but two plays later, Paul W. Bryant fumbled to give Pleasant Grove the ball on the Bryant 30-yard line. Three plays later, the Spartans scored on a 2-yard run from Chris Caldwell.

It was all downhill from there for Bryant.

The Spartans scored on their next five drives, effectively moving the ball at will. Pleasant Grove rounded out the first quarter of scoring with a 1-yard run from running back Charles Buchannon and a 3-yard run from quarterback DeJuan Feagan.

In the second half, Pleasant Grove lengthened its lead off three more rushing touchdowns: a 7-yard run from KeJuan Feagan, a 25-yard run from Buchannon and another 2-yard run from Feagan.

Conversely, Paul W. Bryant’s offense struggled to move the ball at all. The Stampede only managed to gain one first down, which came on its seventh and final drive of the half – which ended with an interception. The Stampede finished the half with only 42 yards of total offense and three turnovers.

Stampede head coach Errol Jones attributed the loss to his team’s youth. Jones said even though he was proud of the way his team fought in the second half, the first half was just too much to overcome.

“I’m not going to say I was pleased with the overall effort,” Jones said. “We had a lot of brain lapses, and they disappointed me. I recognize this is a young team, and this is all part of growing up.”

The second half wasn’t much better for the Stampede. Although the defense greatly stymied the Spartan’s output in the second half — Pleasant Grove scored one touchdown, a 43-yard pass from backup quarterback Jake Sloan to wide receiver Willie Hicks — the offense continued to struggle and failed to threaten a score at all. Overall, the Stampede finished with 143 yards.

The game only marked the second start of the season for Bryant’s freshman quarterback, Keonte Chambers. Chambers echoed his coach’s thoughts on the game and said he is looking forward to improve heading into his last game of the season

“We’ve got to come together, work hard, get ready for next year, make sure we get ready for the next game,” Chambers said. “We’ll be all right.”

The Stampede’s final game of the season will be at home next Friday against the Northridge Jaguars.