Fourth-ranked Spring Garden turns in winning opening opposite Gaylesville

September 5, 2016 - garden totes

SPRING GARDEN – Earlier this week, a Class 1A Spring Garden Panthers found themselves with their top football ranking in propagandize history.

On Friday night during home opposite a Gaylesville Trojans, they corroborated adult that No. 4 ranking – and afterwards some.

Behind a smothering defensive bid and a three-headed maestro backfield beast of Ben Ivey, Quintin Downey and Dakota Lambert, a Panthers posted a 40-0 feat in a Region 6 opener for both teams.

Just how winning of a opening was it?

The Panthers (2-0, 1-0) forced 6 turnovers and hold a Trojans (1-1, 0-1) to only 186 sum yards. It’s a initial time Spring Garden has posted a shutout given a 35-0 feat during Coosa Christian on Sept. 21, 2012.

As good as high rankings and shutouts are, Spring Garden manager Jason Howard pronounced his group is focused on what he calls “the bigger picture.”

“We’re not assured with one win. Part of looking during a large design is bargain that it’s week by week. Don’t be satisfied. Don’t demeanour in a rear-view mirror. This one’s over, so let’s get prepared for a subsequent one,” he said.

“We’ve listened a lot from coaches and a papers and all, though we only put all that behind us and play to a ability,” pronounced Downey, who rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries and scored dual touchdowns.

“We can’t unequivocally consider about things like that,” pronounced Lambert, who finished with 99 yards on only 8 carries with dual touchdowns. He also had a 21-yard touchdown locate in a third quarter. “We’ve only got to keep personification football. That’s what we’ve come to do.”

Gaylesville conduct manager Kyle Garmon pronounced his Trojans had prepared all week for what Spring Garden had coming, though it still wasn’t enough.

“They were accurately what we approaching they were going to be. We only weren’t means to do anything with them,” Garmon said. “When people can hurl their safeties adult 6 yards low and radically have 9 in a box, you’ve got to be means to get outside. We’re only not quick adequate to do it.”

It didn’t take prolonged for a Panthers to put Gaylesville in their rear-view mirror.

Ivey put Spring Garden on a house on a initial possession with his 45-yard touchdown run down a home sideline. Downey’s additional indicate was blocked, though a Panthers had set a tinge for a evening, heading 6-0 with 9:22 left in a initial quarter.

After a Gaylesville punt, Spring Garden scored again – this time on Lambert’s 13-yard rush adult a center for six. Downey ran in a 2-point conversion, giving a Panthers a 14-0 lead with 4:55 remaining in a initial quarter.

Spring Garden forced a initial Trojan turnover of a night on Gaylesville’s indirect possession. Senior quarterback Austin Slayton was sacked and he coughed adult a football, that was recovered by Panther youth defensive lineman Chad Morgan. Morgan’s liberation gave Spring Garden’s offense a round during a Trojan 24-yard line.

Three plays after a turnover, Lambert scored his second touchdown on a 5-yard run. His rush for dual was stopped short, though a Panthers had left adult by 3 scores during 20-0 with 2:31 still left in a opening quarter.

“All of a defensive coaches had a good diversion devise entrance in, and we felt like a boys executed it well,” Howard said. “We’ve played flattering good invulnerability a past integrate of weeks.”

Gaylesville committed another turnover on a subsequent possession.

On a fourth-and-7 during a Spring Garden 34, Slayton’s pass was intercepted by Lambert, who returned a round to a Trojan 43. Three plays later, Downey delivered a 36-yard touchdown run. Kaitlyn Rogers combined a additional point, pulling Spring Garden’s lead to 27-0 only underneath dual mins into a second quarter.

Slayton threw another interception on a Trojans subsequent possession – this time to Panther comparison defender Joe Rogers. Six plays and 35 yards later, Downey scored again on a 4-yard run. Kaitlyn Rogers kicked another additional indicate for a 34-0 Panther advantage.

Gaylesville had a many estimable expostulate of a night on a subsequent possession. The Trojans marched down to a Panther 5, though Ivey recovered a Slayton fail to kill a drive.

Slayton led a Trojans with 93 yards on 15 carries. He also finished 8-of-13 pass attempts for 65 yards.

Gaylesville took a second-half kickoff and found itself inside Spring Garden domain again, though Panther sophomore Christian Crider recovered another fumble.

Seven plays and 55 yards later, Ivey tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Lambert for a final measure of a night.

“We watched a lot of film on them and prepared each approach we could,” pronounced Ivey, who rushed for 57 yards on 5 totes with a touchdown. He also finished 2-of-3 pass attempts for 36 yards and a score. “Everyone had a job, and we all did a jobs for a many part. We’re really assured in what we can do. All we listened all week was how good their conditioning was, though we consider we have one of a best conditioning programs in a state. we consider tonight corroborated that up.”

Spring Garden hosts another Region 6 opposition in a Woodville Panthers on Friday. Gaylesville entertains Cedar Bluff.

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