Coastal Rally: Freddie Davis, Deshune Williams lead Blount; Saraland and Jackson win
Gabe Reynolds was nearly perfect in a football half as he completed 19 of 21 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-7 loss to Class 7A Davidson in non-regional action at Spartan Stadium on Friday night .
Reynolds’ two touchdown passes covered 7 yards for Jarel Williams and 54 yards for Ryan Williams. Jarel Williams finished the night with eight receptions for 96 yards, while Ryan Williams had three catches for 69 yards. Santae McWilliams Jr. had 15 carries for 91 yards and 5- and 3-yard touchdowns, while Dearrius Washington and Landen Snow had rushed touchdowns. Snow also threw a touchdown pass.
Hunter Kirkland was 5-for-5 on extra point attempts and had a field goal of 39 yards, and Tucker Singleton was 2-for-2 on extra points. The defense forced two turnovers which led to scores as Saraland won their fourth straight game to improve to 4-2.
Virtually all of Saraland’s starters were called out after the first half, with the second and third strings playing most of the second half.
“We are a work in progress,” said Spartans head coach Jeff Kelly, who was back on the sidelines after missing last week’s game with COVID-19. “We are improving every week. The children are growing up and we are seeing young children growing up and forming a team and playing their best game yet. We have a big regional game (against Spanish Fort) next week, and we have to be ready to go with a good week of training and do what we have to do to improve.
“I think if you asked (Reynolds), that was a pretty good half of football. Gabe is getting better and better. He did good reads and throws.
Despite the near-perfect performance, Reynolds was not satisfied with the two incompleteness.
“When we came out for halftime, I had a stomach ache because I had two guys wide open,” he said. “We’ll hit them later in the season; they will make big plays for us. I knew we could do it; It was just a matter of time. We trained for it, and everything went well.
Saraland scored on everything but his last possession as he quickly took the lead. McWilliams’ 5-yard touchdown run capped the Spartans’ first possession, and on the next possession, Jarel Williams’ 7-yard touchdown reception made it 14-0. Another McWiliams touchdown, a 3-yard run that was set up by a fumble recovery, gave the Spartans a 21-0 halftime lead.
Ryan Williams’ 54-yard touchdown with 8:10 left in the second quarter gave Saraland a 28-0 lead. Washington’s 1-yard touchdown run, along with Kirkland’s 39-yard field goal at the end of time, gave Saraland a 38-0 halftime lead.
Alternate QB Snow threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Smith to make it 45-0 in the third quarter. Davidson avoided a shutout when quarterback Bryce Fick scored on a 6-yard run, but Saraland responded with a 4-yard touchdown run from Snow on his subsequent possession to end the scoring.
Game Star: Reynolds’ precise pass gave Davidson fits throughout the first half.
Course of the game: Ryan Williams’ 54-yard touchdown gave Saraland a 28-0 lead.
Keystrokes: Davidson was forced to kick off his 30s, setting the stage for Ryan Williams’ touchdown reception. The Spartans had only needed two plays to cover 70 yards. First, Reynolds completed a 16-yard strike to Matthew Milner, then found Ryan Williams wide open on the sideline for an easy score.
Key Statistics: For Davidson, Fick had 4 of 12 passes for 44 yards and one interception, while for Saraland, Nicholas Towner had eight carries for 38 yards.
In numbers : 14 — Number of consecutive completions by Reynolds; 20 — Total number of first trials for Saraland; 67 — Total rushing yards for Davidson; 239 — Total rushing yards for Saraland; 265 — Total passing yards for Saraland; 504 — Total number of offensive yards for Saraland.
Coachspeak: “We are still trying to figure out some things. We have to keep improving and trying to be a good team. Offensively, we were fairly balanced. We were able to run and throw the ball quite well. – Kelly
They said so: “We couldn’t make things happen without our defense. Our starting XI have almost made a chicken egg in the last few games, and you can’t ask for anything better than that. – Reynolds
“Our children do what we ask them to do. We have to do a better job as coaches to give them a better chance. They (Saraland) are a pretty good team, and we’re not there yet. – Davidson Head Coach Rick Cauley
Following: Both teams have tough regional battles next week. Davidson welcomes Theodore in a Class 7A, Region 1 battle, while Saraland moves to play Spanish Fort # 1 in a key Class 6A, Region 1 contest.
Blount 21, Mary G. Montgomery 0
Freddie Davis threw a pair of touchdown passes and Deshune Williams ran for 202 yards and a scoring as Blount shut out Class 7A Mary G. Montgomery 21-0.
Davis completed 15 of 22 passes for 245 yards. He also had two carries for 25 yards. Williams carried the ball 20 times.
The main receivers for the Leopards were Tyler Beverly (5 receptions, 103 yards, TD) and Myron Dunklin (5 receptions, 152 yards, TD).
Beverly led the defense with six tackles and four interceptions. Quinton Hannon had 10 tackles, including two for a loss and a sack. Keldrick Smith made eight tackles.
–Arthur L. Mack
Jackson 41, Thomasville 21
Walter Taylor III threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns as Jackson fought off rival Thomasville.
Taylor was 17th of 23 overall. He was intercepted twice.
Tylen Campbell had nine receptions for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jared Merida had three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. He also had nine tackles in defense, including three for loss, and two sacks.
Baldwin County 49, Foley 28
Southern Miss commit Ty Mims threw for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Class 6A Tigers beat the Class 7A Lions on the road.
Mims was 9 of 13 with 85 yard passes to Ky McNulty, 11 to Hunter Thomas and 37 to Zeke Palmer. He also ran 12 times for 178 yards and touchdowns from 27, 63 and 85 yards.
Jay Baldwin ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Baldwin County improved to 3-2 overall and will host McGill-Toolen in a 6A, Region 1 game next week.
Robertsdale 24, Satsuma 10
Haven Davis rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in 8 carries and the UAB’s entry Taven Curry had 86 yards and a touchdown in 9 carries for Robertsdale.
Ryan Neuciler added 82 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Jay Racine and Hayden Roth both made interceptions for the Golden Bears (3-3).
Orange Beach 38, Pleasant House 0
Chris Pearson ran for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 11 carries for the Makos. He also had an 83-yard TD reception.
QB Cash Turner had 60 rushing yards and one touchdown in six carries and was 4 of 10 passing for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jackson Richtmyer had two receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
The Makos improved to 4-2 with the win.
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