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Sweet Debut for Aggies' Poole

Posted Monday, August 31, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Sweet debut for Aggies' Poole


Published August 29, 2009

Albertville head football coach Joel Poole proved to be nimble on his feet for a former offensive lineman, dancing away from a victory shower on the sideline with 40 seconds remaining Friday night.

Poole escaped having the water cooler dumped on him by some of his players, who were excited about making their coach a winner in his debut in Aggie country.

Junior running back Tyree Roberts rushed 18 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns while junior quarterback Michael Reeves rushed for a score and passed for another in a 41-7 thumping of Ashville at Aggie Stadium.

It marked Albertville’s fourth consecutive win in a season opener.

“It was great to win,” Poole said. “We made a season full of mistakes on the first night, and we’ve got to go back and correct those and get better every week.

“Every time we go on this field, we’ve got to get better. We’re nowhere near being a great football team. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

“We’re fixing to get in our region play. Southside’s big and physical, and it’s going to be tough for us. It will be a big challenge for us.”

The Aggies (1-0) will travel to Southside (0-1) next Friday to begin Class 5A, Region 7 play.

Albertville’s first touchdown of the season came on Reeves’ 44-yard pass to Dareon Thompson with 6:26 left in the opening period.

Reeves was hit as he delivered the pass to Thompson, who broke a tackle and raced to the end zone.

Early in the second quarter, Roberts ripped off gains of 34 and 28 yards, with the 28-yarder going for a touchdown as he burst through the line with 10:42 on the clock.

A mistake by Ashville’s special teams set up Albertville’s third TD of the first half.

Both teams chased a poor snap on a punt attempt down the field, with Ashville recovering at its 5-yard line for a loss of 45 yards.

Albertville took over and scored in two plays, with Addison Powell spinning into the end zone from the 2 with 3:39 remaining.

Five plays into the second half, Roberts broke at least three tackles as he sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown with 9:33 remaining. Nathan Spence kicked it to 28-0.

Ashville’s Alex Farmer recovered an Aggie fumble at the Albertville 35, setting up the Bulldogs’ only touchdown.

Cortney Williams broke free around left end for a 14-yard score at the 3:25 mark of the third quarter.

The Aggies answered with a three-play, 59-yard drive, capped by Reeves’ 33-yard TD run on a quarterback draw with 2:13 to play.

Albertville’s Zack Harry recovered a muffed punt at midfield, setting up his team’s final scoring drive.

Austin Fussell had carries of 24 and 13 yards during the series, which backup quarterback Riley Honea capped with a 4-yard run with 1:12 remaining.

“I thought the secondary covered well,” Poole said.

“They stunted probably 85 to 90 percent of the time, and I thought the offensive line overall did a pretty good job of picking it up.

“Our quarterbacks and receivers played well in spots. Of course, I thought Tyree ran the ball hard.

“We had a tremendous effort, tremendous effort. I thought all the kids from start to finish played hard, and that’s what we preached on all summer. I’m very proud of them.”

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