Bears come back for win at Akron

Published 1:15 am Saturday, October 13, 2012

AKRON — The No. 8 Keith Bears were down on the road, but fought back for a 32-25 win over the Akron Rams in region play on Friday.

Harry Crum, head football coach of Keith High School (7-0, 4-0 Class 1A-Region 3), said the Bears played a tough opponent, but were able to overcome their mistakes to get the win.

“Akron, they played us tough. I think we had four turnovers and Maurice Crumpton threw his first interception,” Crum said. “They played hard, we were flat and it took us a while to come alive. Damarquis Lumpkin had a pair of runs for about 40-yards that got called back because of holding and that kind of took the wind out of our sails on some drives. But the boys showed resilience and the ability to bounce back and were able to finish the game. We’re going to have to just get better at holding on to the football.”

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Keith’s Delmuss Irby scored on a 4-yard touchdown for the first score of the game that put the Bears ahead 7-0 after the Lumpkin extra point.

The Bears were down 19-7 in the first half until Crumpton scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak that made the score 19-13.

Keith tied the game at 19-19 before the end of the first half when Crumpton found Ricky Jackson for a 40-yard touchdown.

Akron scored first in the second half to make the score 25-19, but Keith’s Martavius Harris scored on touchdowns of 25 and 4 yards to give the Bears a 32-25 lead.

Jearel Black intercepted a Rams’ pass on the final drive of the game to help secure the win.

Deanthony Griffin also had an interception on the night for the Bears.

Keith will take the field again next Friday at home against Autaugaville in a region game.