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Morgan Academy running back Jamie Bearden stiff arms Meadowview Christian’s Carstella Hayes during the first quarter of Thursday night’s Morgan-Meadowview game at Meadowview Christian.  The Senators won the game 49-0, after taking a 42-0 halftime lead.--Jay Sowers
Morgan Academy running back Jamie Bearden stiff arms Meadowview Christian’s Carstella Hayes during the first quarter of Thursday night’s Morgan-Meadowview game at Meadowview Christian. The Senators won the game 49-0, after taking a 42-0 halftime lead.-- Jay Sowers

Senators blowout Trojans in 49-0 victory

Published 10:49pm Thursday, September 5, 2013

Meadowview Christian won the coin toss in Thursday night’s showdown with rival Morgan Academy, but little else went right for the Trojans in a 49-0 blowout loss that was decided well before halftime.

The Senators jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead and never looked back, leading 42-0 at the half.

“I think we ran 12 plays in the first half and scored a lot of points,” Morgan head coach Bob Taylor said. “We missed some on some passes. We made a couple of mistakes but we made up for it. I’m just proud of the effort we got, proud of the effort and class we played with tonight.”

The Trojans had some success running the ball in-between the tackles, but in the end Morgan’s depth was too much to overcome.

“We were playing a 3A school tonight. We are 1A. We did the best we could,” Trojans head coach Lebo Jones said. “They had a lot more people than we did, a lot stronger. I’m going to tell my team, we have a region game next week and we have a good chance to win it. They need to keep their heads up and get ready for that game.”

Dalton Lee threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jamie Bearden to start the scoring on the Senators very first play from scrimmage. On the ensuing drive, the Trojans moved the ball as well as they did all night. Carstella Hayes broke a 30-yard run to move Meadowview to the Morgan side of the field, but the Trojans were stopped on downs at the Morgan 29-yard line.

Lee, on Morgan’s next possession, hit John Robertson on a 25-yard touchdown a few minutes later to extend the Senators lead to 14-0. Later in the first quarter, Bearden broke free for a 32-yard touchdown run and Robertson ran in a 49-yard run to push Morgan’s lead to 28-0.

Another Trojans three-and-out forced a Dakota Sanders punt, but Morgan’s Samir Freij blocked it. Freij caught the ball in midair and never broke stride, running 38 yards for a score to make Morgan’s lead 35-0.

The final touchdown of the half followed an interception by the Senators, which set up an Adams’ 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stanhope Frasier. In the third quarter, the Senators scored one more time on a 20-yard run by Adams.

“It is always big time when you beat [Meadowview] but we’ve got to enjoy it for 24-hours and get ready to go back to Wilcox,” Taylor said. “We will get ready to go for them on Monday.”

On the other side, the Trojans had success at times, running the ball up the middle for big gains. They were just unable to sustain drives.

“We are trying to get the right combination out there,” Jones said. “We felt like we could move the ball up the middle tonight, which we did pretty good at times. We are going to go back to the drawing board this week.”

The Senators rushed for 206 yards and had 112 passing yards, for a total of 318 yards. The Trojans were held to 102 total yards of total offense.

Next week Morgan Academy travels to play Wilcox Academy, while Meadowview Christian hosts Eastwood Academy.

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