Senators held scoreless by No. 1 Autauga Academy in final game of the regular season
Published 11:40 pm Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Autauga Academy Generals proved to be too much for Morgan Academy on Thursday night, shutting out the Senators 42-0.
Morgan put up a good fight for awhile, but were defeated by the top-ranked team in AISA that executed better, made fewer mistakes, and did not turn the ball over.
Autauga broke a scoreless tie with 9:50 left in the first quarter. The Generals moved 65 yards in five plays following a Morgan drive that stalled out in Autauga territory.
Quarterback Tripp Carr connected on a 48-yard bomb to Kendrick Rogers to give Autauga a 7-0 lead.
Morgan answered with a time consuming drive, but a fumbled shotgun snap cost the Senators a chance to score.
Sam Brackin gained 41-yards in the first quarter and Morgan picked up four first downs, but could not get into the end zone.
In the second quarter, Morgan’s Peyton Egbert was intercepted by Granger Armstrong to stop another Senators drive.
Autauga then moved 76 yards for their longest drive of the night. Djay Gardner closed the 10 play march with a seven yard run to put the Generals up 14-0.
It looked as though Morgan was going to go to halftime trailing by only two touchdowns. But, Autauga struck twice in the final 2:11 of the second quarter.
Javon Brown, who rushed for a game high 139 yards on 16 carries, powered in off the left tackle to make it 21-0.
Following a three-and-out by Morgan, Carr moved the Generals to another score in the two minute offense covering 64 yards in seven plays.
Carr connected with James Woods on a 16 yard TD pass with only six seconds to go before halftime to put the game out of reach at 28-0.
“Their depth really started showing late in the second quarter,” said Morgan head coach Josh Thacker. “And our lack of depth was a factor too.”
Autauga’s Carr completed 11 of 15 passes for 167 yards and ran for a 37-yard score in the third quarter.
Rogers finished with seven catches for 109 yards as the Generals stretched their winning streak to 23 straight.
Morgan sophomore running back Will Ingram rushed for 50 yards on seven carries in the second half replacing Brackin, who left the game in the third quarter with a thigh injury.
The Senators were held to just 159 yards of total offense.
Egbert was constantly pressured and finished 7 of 18 passing for 58 yards.
Morgan drops to 5-5 on the season while Autauga improves to 10-0.
The Senators are on the road again next week for their first playoff game since 2011. Morgan plays the Glenwood Gators in the opening round in Smiths Station.
The Gators defeated the Senators 31-21 in Selma back in September. Morgan had a 14-0 lead in that game, but were overcome by turnovers and penalties.
“It’s kind of a double-edged sword,” said Thacker. “You don’t want to dwell on the loss, just point out what we did wrong and what we did right, and get ready for a big game next week.”