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Aggies Fall Behind 21-0, Lose to Cavs

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Aggies fall behind 21-0, lose to Cavs


 

Published September 26, 2009

BIRMINGHAM — The Albertville football team didn’t experience any magic in the “Magic City” on Thursday night, as John Carroll Catholic capitalized on Aggie mistakes to build a 21-0 advantage en route to a 42-21 decision in a non-region contest.

The game — John Carroll Catholic’s homecoming — was moved from Friday to Thursday and played at Birmingham-Southern’s Panther Stadium due to wet conditions at the Cavaliers’ field.

John Carroll Catholic (4-1) had three one-play scoring drives and a two-play scoring drive on the night.

Albertville (2-3) cut its deficit to 28-21 early in the fourth period, but the Cavaliers answered with a pair of touchdowns to seal their victory.

“Special teams put us behind early, and then our offense pitched in,” said AHS head coach Joel Poole. “We’ve got to quit turning the ball over and quit giving people opportunities — that’s the bottom line.

“Then there were some times where they just got after us. We had some busted coverages here and there, and before you know it, it was 21-0.

“Our kids showed some guts and they fought back and I’m proud of that, but at the end they just wore us down. John Carroll is a very good football team, and they showed it tonight.”

Aggie punter Seth Davis ran out of his end zone following problems with the snap, and he was tackled at the 1-yard line.

Andric Merchant scored from there on second-and-goal, putting John Carroll ahead to stay with 8:53 remaining in the first period.

The Cavaliers drove 55 yards in eight plays on their next series.

On fourth-and-16, quarterback Chris Bunio found Trenton Covington in the back corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Covington did a nice job getting his feet down inbounds.

Two plays after the kickoff, the Cavaliers’ Marcus Richardson recovered an Aggie fumble at the AHS 37.

Bunio hit Covington across the middle with a 37-yard scoring strike on the next snap. Jonathan Hutchens kicked it to 21-0 with 1:37 left in the opening period.

Tyree Roberts put the Aggies on the scoreboard with a 34-yard TD run that capped a three-play, 46-yard drive at the 9:41 mark of the second quarter. Nathan Spence added the PAT.

What appeared to be an onside kickoff attempt by the Aggies traveled only 7 yards, giving John Carroll Catholic possession at the AHS 47.

On first down, Bunio hit a wide open Viktor Johnson with a 47-yard scoring pass with 9:32 remaining.

John Carroll Catholic’s Patrick Marino recovered an Aggie fumble on the first play after the kickoff at the 28.

But three plays later, Albertville linebacker Addison Powell picked off a Bunio pass. A facemask during the return added 15 yards and put Albertville’s offense in business at the Cavs’ 42.

The Aggies reached the John Carroll Catholic 8 but lost a fumble, their third turnover of the first half.

Albertville marched 67 yards in 15 plays on its first possession of the second half, draining almost seven minutes off the clock.

Quarterback Michael Reeves scored on a 1-yard sneak on fourth-and-goal with 2:59 left in the third period. Spence hooked the PAT wide left.

Albertville’s defense held on fourth-and-one at its 35 with 29.9 seconds to go in the third.

Four plays later, Roberts broke free and sprinted 41 yards to the end zone with 11:39 to play in the game.

Reeves passed to T.J. Vines for two points, pulling the Aggies within 28-21.

Johnson returned the kickoff 30 yards to his 42, setting up Merchant’s 58-yard TD run on a sweep play around left end on first down. Hutchens kicked it to 35-21 with 11:18 remaining.

John Carroll Catholic drove 74 yards in 15 plays on its final drive, using 7:10 of the clock. Johnson’s 1-yard run concluded the drive with 1:58 to go.

Roberts rushed 19 times for 160 yards to pace Albertville’s attack.

Reeves ran 15 times for 47 yards. He completed 5-of-10 passes for 41 yards.

The Cavs’ Merchant finished with 155 yards on 16 carries.

Bunio was 6-of-14 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Hullum had three receptions for 64 yards.

The Aggies resume Class 5A, Region 7 play by welcoming Madison County on Friday. AHS is 1-2 in the region standings.

“As far as our region goes, it’s still right there in front of us, and it’s up to us,” Poole said.

“We don’t have to have anybody win or beat somebody else, we’ve just got to take care of our business and we can get in the playoffs.

“That’s our goal, the goal we set early. I know these guys — they’ll rebound and get that back.”

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