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Morgan Academy steamrolls Fort Dale Academy

No. 10 Morgan Academy had fun in its tuneup for the AISA State Football playoffs next month.

Running back Holt Utsey scored three touchdowns and three offensive linemen also scored as the Senators prevailed 45-14 over Fort Dale Academy on Friday at Morgan Stadium.

The Senators (7-2, 4-1) will host a first-round playoff game on Nov. 6.

Morgan Academy jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead as Utsey scored on runs of 58 and 11 yards. Offensive lineman Matthew Free, a former running back, scored from a yard out.

The Senators scored twice in the second quarter for a 35-0 lead. Offensive lineman Kenneth Nichols scored from 3 yards out and Utsey added a 8-yard TD run.

“It felt great to score my first ever touchdown,” Nichols said.

Fort Dale scored before halftime, but the touchdown came against the Senators’ second-team defense.

Wade Mason’s 42-yard field goal extended the Senators’ lead to 38-7 after three quarters. Mason made all five of his extra point tries.

Reserve offensive lineman Perrin Utsey scored from a yard out to close the Senators’ scoring in the fourth quarter.

Fort Dale’s final touchdown came against the Senators’ second-team defense.

Morgan Academy coach Danny Raines said he was pleased that every Senator player saw action. Offensive lineman Clayton O’Shields also carried the ball.

“It was great to see the offensive linemen touch the ball because they do so much,” Raines said. “It was great to see everyone touch the field.”

Defensive backs Trey Jones forced a fumble and C.J. Crocker had an interception for the Senators.