Selma beats Monroe County to go 2-0

Published 12:49 am Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wilcox Academy football coach Chris Burford knew he was walking into a tough game when his Wildcats came to Meadowview Christian School on Friday night.

With almost 200 yards rushing the first quarter, Wilcox methodically walked over the homestanding Trojans 36-13 for their second victory of the season.

“I’m glad to get this one over,” Burford said after the game. “We started making silly mistakes there toward the end.”

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Senior quarterback Morgan Harper and junior Robert Skantz put the ground game in motion early. Harper rushed four times in the first quarter for 92 yards, while Skantz collected 80 yards on four totes.

Each player had a Wildcats touchdown — Skantz with a 42-yard dash down the left side after breaking tackles with 6:11 in the quarter, then Harper with a 44-yard run with 27.1 seconds left in the stanza.

Harper scored the first TD at the 9:33 mark with a 3-yard run.

Wilcox Academy led 20-0 after the first quarter.

“I thought the game would have been closer,” Burford said. “We were in pretty good shape overall.”

The Wildcats’ other scores came on two TDs that resulted from fourth-quarter interceptions. Harper had both touchdowns — a 4-yard run over right tackle with 9:15 to play and a 5-yard scamper in the same hole with 7:12 left.

Meadowview relied on the rushing of its senior corps for the bulk of its offense.

Running back Davis Jones was the Trojans’ workhorse, carrying 12 times for 105 yards and one touchdown. Also on the Meadowview senior bandwagon were wide receiver Daniel Blackmon with eight carries for 31 yards, running back Deavan Steward with eight for 31 yards and quarterback Marc McElhaney with six totes for nine yards.

McElhaney battled cramps late in the game and was sidelined by the malady. He fought to play in the second half, but his legs eventually gave way.

Senior lineman Hank Helms added the Trojans’ final score with 1:33 to play when he went the final yard in a power formation.

Meadowview football coach Kenny Strong declined to mention his team’s play after the game.

“My only comment is no comment,” he said in the Trojans’ locker room.

The loss dropped Meadowview to 0-3 on the season, going into next week’s game at Monroe Academy. Wilcox entertains Clarke Prep.