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Missed Oppurtunities Cost Aggies

Posted Tuesday, September 08, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Missed opportunities cost Aggies


Published September 5, 2009

SOUTHSIDE — Missed opportunities haunted Albertville on Friday night, as Southside survived two late rallies by the Aggies to record a 28-24 decision in the Class 5A, Region 7 opener for both squads.

The Panthers snapped Albertville’s three-game winning streak in the series. They improved to 1-1 overall while AHS dropped to 1-1.

Kane Rooks’ 1-yard quarterback sneak gave Southside a 28-24 lead with 8:11 remaining in the fourth period.

Albertville began the ensuing drive at its 7-yard line after mishandling the kickoff.

But Michael Reeves’ passes of 29 yards to Jose Zavala and 10 yards to Dareon Thompson, along with a 34-yard run by Tyree Roberts, moved the Aggies deep into Southside territory.

On a third-and-12 play from the Panther 16, Reeves tried to complete a pass while in the grasp of a defender, and Southside’s Muggsy Howard intercepted it at his 10 with 3:12 to play.

The Aggies forced a punt from the 14, and Thompson returned it 12 yards to Southside’s 34.

AHS gained two first downs, reaching the 9-yard line.

Albertville dropped a touchdown pass on third-and-six from the 9.

A 5-yard procedure penalty pushed AHS back to the 14. Reeves’ pass on fourth-and-11 fell incomplete in the middle of the end zone with 43 seconds on the clock.

Albertville linebacker Addison Powell recovered a fumble on the third play of the game.

Tyree Roberts took a swing pass from Reeves and raced 55 yards for an apparent touchdown on the Aggies’ first offensive snap, but a holding penalty wiped out the score.

“We’ve coached our guys not to try to block behind the ball, but we were trying to block back there, and that ends up costing you,” AHS head coach Joel Poole said of the play. “It was a tough one.”

Southside grabbed a 7-0 lead on Rooks’ 28-yard scoring pass to Brad Clay on a fourth-and-19 play with 2:58 left in the opening period.

Albertville responded with a five-play, 91-yard drive, capped by Tyree Roberts’ 75-yard touchdown run, in which he exhibited some nice moves in the open field.

T.J. Pams delivered a crushing block on Howard downfield, clearing the final Panther between Roberts and the goal line with 11:45 to go in the second quarter.

Southside broke the tie with an 11-play, 84-yard march. Ten of the 11 plays were on the ground, including Rooks’ 4-yard run around right end just 40.8 seconds before halftime.

Nathan Spence’s 21-yard field goal cut Albertville’s deficit to 14-10 at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter.

But two plays later, Jordan Statum burst through a hole in the line and outraced the Aggie defense for a 73-yard TD run, making it 21-10 with 5:38 to go in the period.

Reeves’ 43-yard keeper gave AHS a first down at the Southside 27. Two plays later, he connected with Zavala on a 26-yard scoring pass with 3:30 on the clock.

Albertville’s Phillip Estes recovered a Panther fumble two plays after the kickoff at the Southside 21-yard line.

On third-and-10, Reeves hit T.J. Vines on a middle screen, and he cut back, eluded a couple of defenders and raced 21 yards to the end zone, giving Albertville a 24-21 edge with 1:50 left in the third period.

Reeves finished 11-of-22 passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Roberts rushed 17 times for 150 yards

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