MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Lee-Montgomery Generals turned four Park Crossing turnovers into 20 first half points as they go on to win 26-15 in the 2018 Youth-In-Action Kickoff Classic at Alabama State University Friday night. Park Crossing cut the deficit to 20-15 in the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer in the game as the Generals scored another fourth quarter touchdown to seal the win.
Lee-Montgomery (1-0) used a big fourth quarter drive with five and half minutes to end the game and to get the big win. "We capitalized on their mistakes and we were resiant," said Generals head coach Tyrone Rogers. "We made some mistakes and struggled in a few things, but I saw some good things tonight that we can build on."
Park Crossing scored first in the game when Trevor Robinson found TaCarius Buford on a 17-yard touchdown play for the Thunderbirds. With 8:27 left in the first quarter, Park Crossing led 7-0. With 5:46 left in the first quarter, J'Darius Washington scored on a 35-yard pick six for the Generals to cut the Thunderbirds lead to 7-6.
With 10:38 left in the second quarter, Lee-Montgomery took the lead for good on a Tyrone Franklin to Frederick Scott touchdown play of 62-yards and the Generals led 12-7. With 7:17 left in the half, Tedarrian Murray scored on a 3-yard run up the middle to give the Generals a 20-7 lead.
Park Crossing scored a safety with :56 left in the half to cut the Generals lead to 20-9. Lee-Montgomery snapped the ball over the punters head for the Thunderbirds two points. With 9:12 left in the third quarter, Davvion Taylor scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to cut the Generals lead down to 20-15, but that is as close as the Thurderbirds came in the game. "We have a lot of young kids on offense and we made to many mistakes," said Thunderbirds head coach Angelo Wheeler. "Were going to work it out though, we have time to fix it."
Lee-Montgomery closed the game out when Tyrone Franklin found Murray on a wheel route out of the backfield on a 35-yard touchdown pass. With the score, the Generals led 26-15 to close out the scoring in the game. "It's 3-0 against Park Crossing," said Generals running back Murray. "We came out with a chip on our shoulders, we were well prepared to play and it was a good game for us. On the pass for the touchdown I just knew I had to go up for it and make sure the defender didn't get it. I saw him coming for the ball, but I just made a play on the ball."