Clarke pounds Morgan in high-scoring affairPublished 1:14am Saturday, October 26, 2013
Clarke Prep running back Jarette Pope put on a show Friday night in a high scoring game at Senator Field as the Gators pummeled Morgan Academy, 72-41.
With the loss, Morgan Academy drops to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the region.
Morgan head coach Bob Taylor said his offense played well, but the Senators’ defense gave up too many points.
“There wasn’t much defense on either side if you want to know the truth,” Taylor said. “We didn’t get stops when we needed to and a lot of that is credited to Clarke Prep. They just blew us out of the water on some plays, but they are a big physical team and that’s what they are going to do.”
The game got off to a quick start. On Clarke Prep’s second play of the game, Pope ran 77 yards for the first score.
Twenty seconds later, Gator defender Colby Myers intercepted Morgan quarterback Harrison Adams’ pass. On the following play, Pope ran 47 yards for his second score of the game.
Morgan finally got on the board with 6:35 seconds left in the first quarter on a 10-yard pass from Adams to Harrison Watters.
The next score came on another big run from Clarke Prep when running back Hayden Walker broke two tackles and ran 40 yards for a touchdown.
Morgan would answer with another passing touchdown from Adams to Watters.
It wasn’t long before Pope added his third touchdown on a 45-yard run.
But the Senators hadn’t given up hope. They scored on a long, methodical drive with a 1-yard run by John Robertson.
Clarke Prep’s offense didn’t even have to take the field for the Gators’ next score. Colby Myers returned the ensuing kickoff for 60-yards and a touchdown.
Morgan answered after a 40-yard catch by Watters put the Senators in the redzone and Wyatt Simms hauled in a 6-yard catch for a touchdown, keeping the game within reach.
But, the game wasn’t close for long.
Clarke Prep scored twice before halftime on an 85-yard catch by Myers and a 40-yard run by Pope.
After allowing 26 points in the first half, the Gator defense buckled down in the second half, only allowing two touchdowns.
But the Jarette Pope show continued.
He scored two more times in the second half on a 40- and 36-yard run.
Pope finished with more than 350 yards rushing and six touchdowns in the game before sitting down in the fourth quarter as the Gators ran out the clock.
Gator running back Hayden Walker would also get in on the action with a 6-yard touchdown run.
Morgan’s second half touchdowns would come on a 5-yard run by Samir Freij and a 10-yard run by Adams.
Next week the Senators will travel to Lowndesboro to take on Lowndes Academy in their final game of the season.