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Bryant falls to Wenonah


Paul W. Bryant’s Patrick Porter tackles Wenonah’s Tyler Thornton in the second quarter at Wenonah High School in Birmingham on Thursday night. (Photo by Mark Almond, al.com)


BIRMINGHAM | Jakian Jones gave Paul W. Bryant the lead Thursday night when he returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.

The Stampede couldn’t sustain the success.

Wenonah erupted for 32 points in the second quarter and beat the Stampede 44-14 in a Class 5A, Region 5 game.

Wenonah (1-3, 1-2) found success with its running game. The Dragons, led by quarterback DeAngelo Jackson, had 217 of their 283 rushing yards by halftime.

Jackson finished with 126 yards on 16 carries.

“I just want us to learn how to finish when you get up on a team,” Paul W. Bryant coach Errol Jones said. “You still have four quarters to play.

“We had a series in there where we couldn’t move the ball offensively, and we put the defense in a bad situation. We needed to sustain a drive to give our defense an opportunity to rest, and we couldn’t get it done.”

In the fourth quarter, Paul W. Bryant’s Patrick Porter scooped up a fumble and made a return to the Wenonah 1. Facing fourth down, Porter took the snap, but the Dragons stopped the quarterback sneak for no gain and took possession on downs.

Paul W. Bryant (0-4, 0-3) had its first touchdown 14 seconds into the game as Jones followed his blocking perfectly.

“I was glad to get in the end zone,” he said. “I followed my safety (Cam Newton). He told me to follow him, so I followed him and got a touchdown. I didn’t hit anything.

“It showed we weren’t going to roll over. I gave it all I had to try to help the team.”

Wenonah answered with a 17-yard interception return by LaQuarius Cook, one of his three on the night.

Paul W. Bryant’s Brandon Benderson recovered a fumble to set up a 27-yard touchdown run by Porter.

In the second quarter, Jackson scored on an 11-yard run and threw to DeVaughnte Moore for a two-point conversion that tied it at 14.

Quincy Williams scored on a 6-yard run, and Aubrey Robinson scored on a 10-yard run. After Samuel Maxwell recovered a squibbed kick, Wenonah got a 23-yard touchdown run by Tyler Thornton and ended the half with a 38-14 lead.

Wenonah’s last touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Jackson to Jarvis Player with 2:34 left in the third quarter.

Paul W. Bryant plays at home against Hillcrest on Sept. 27.

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.