CCA Cougars suffer area loss

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2004

The Autauga Academy Generals (4-1) stormed into Luverne last Friday night and handed the CCA Cougars (2-3) their second loss in a row, 31-13 in a key Class A, East Region gridiron match up.

The loss dropped Coach Roland Jones' Cougars to 2-2 in the area. Playoff dreams are still in the picture, but the Cougars will have to do some regrouping if they want to reach postseason play.

Crenshaw again looked prepared for the task as Shawn Nelson took the opening kickoff and raced 97 yards for apparent touchdown. But a block in the back nullified the play and the tone was set.

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Crenshaw's initial possession was an indication of things to come as a punt followed one run and two incomplete passes.

Autauga scored at ease on their opening possession. It took the Generals only two plays to go 47 yards and take an early 7-0 lead.

The Cougar's first score came late in the second period when Bubba Faulk plunged in from 2 yards out to cap off a 12-play, 56-yard drive.

The Cougars trailed just 13-7 at intermission with hopes of pulling off the win. But a balanced running assault by the stronger and quicker Generals proved too much for the Cougar defensive unit.

Autauga's ground attack was awesome in the third stanza. The well-tuned unit drove 67 yards in seven plays and 48 yards in six plays as they notched two scores.

Crenshaw could not muster any offense. Both their possessions in the period were three plays and punt, as the Generals took total control 25-7 to close the third quarter.

The final period started the same for CCA, as they ran three plays and punted. Autauga kept the momentum and promptly marched 51 yards in six plays to take a commanding 31-7 lead with 10:58 left in the game.

CCA mounted a six-play, 65-yard drive midway in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Klein Jones hooked up with wide-out Chad Heartsill for a 26-yard pass and a 30-yard reception to the one-yard-line to set up the tally.

Fullback Sloan Carter plunged into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown jaunt to make the final 31-13.

Crenshaw will travel to Mobile Saturday for an afternoon bout with IMS. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.