Autauga capitalizes on Cougars’ miscues

Published 12:12 am Saturday, September 1, 2012

Miscues and giving up big plays doomed the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars as Autauga Academy came away with a 32-15 win in Luverne on Friday night.

A bad snap on a punt put the Generals on the Cougars’ nine-yard line and led to a touchdown with 8:25 left in the first quarter.

CCA fought back, and Chris Wooten scored on a 27-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to put CCA up 7-6.

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However, the lead was short-lived as Autauga returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

Big plays were the story of the second half as Autauga scored on touchdown runs of 65 and 79 yards, and recovered another bad snap in the endzone to go up 32-7.

CCA’s Ke’Vontae May scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the waning seconds of the game.

“We played hard, and we did some good things, but we had a lot of mistakes,” said head coach Roland Jones. “We saw a lot of things to work on.”

“We’d rather lose to them in Week 2 than in Week 12,” he added. “We’re as good as anyone in Class AA, and if we work to get better, we’ll see them again down the road.”

Gavin McKenzie was the Cougars’ leading rusher with 10 carries for 49 yards, and Wooten added nine carries for 41 yards and a touchdown.

May only carried the ball twice for 10 yards, but one of those was for a touchdown.

On the defensive side, Shaun Lewis was the leading tackler with 13 solo tackles and one assist, while Steven Walker added 11 solo tackles.

Nick Henderson had nine tackles and one assist, and Alex King added six tackles.