Prattville will travel to play Stanhope Elmore Friday night in Foshee-Henderson Stadium. Prattville is coming off a non region win over Wetumpka while Opelika defeated Stanhope Elmore but really opened the season with a win on a forfeit with Selma.
Prattville (1-0) defeated Wetumpka 40-10 in the kickoff class in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery last week. "A lot of good things that went right in the game and I was proud of our kids," said Lions Head coach Caleb Ross. "Great job with our coaches and players dealing with distancing ourselves during the game. Were trying to spread the kids out. Great job to the community. We feel that playing the games out weighs the risk."
A big hole to fill on offense this season is at the quarterback position. EJ Ousley passed the first test completing 16-of-24 passing for 270 yards and a touchdown. "I'm a big fan of that kid, added Ross. "I know his talent, I know what he can do. It didn't surprise me the night that he had. Really proud of him. He is a confident, poised, doesn't get rattled. A quick release and gets the ball where it needs to be."
At running back, Albert Taggart, Keondre Powell and Omarion Parks get most of the carries for the Lions. Taggert and Powell have good power and speed and can wear you down as the game goes. Last week, Taggart had 64 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Powell had 46 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown and Parks had 32 yards on two carries and a touchdown.
At wide receiver, Al'terious Bates, Derryl Holmes, Zavion Smith, and Drew Brown lead the Lions receivers. Last week, Bates had three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Smith had three catches for 58 yards and Holmes had three catches for 35 yards. Tight end Spencer Roy had 2 catches for 43 yards.
The offensive line had a good night against Wetumpka. Guards Javen Andrews at 6-7, 320 pounds and Javon Harris lead the way. Center Chandler Gibbs is solid. Joe Lane and Kevantae Broadnax round out the line. Gaines Stokes has some playing time last week. "We look bigger up front, I don't know if Prattville will ever be big," added Ross. "Joe is a throwback offensive lineman. We're a much improved line. We know Stanhope is going to have a good defensive line."
On defense, linebacker Ian Jackson leads the way for the Lions. The Alabama verbal commitment had four tackles and a tackle for loss last week. Other linebackers Eric Benson, James Myers and AP Coleman might be one of the best groups in class 7A.
Defensive lineman Tim Trotter, Carmelo Smith, Jalin Herbert and Julius Toodle lead the Lions defensive front. Safety Ghvon Furlow and Jahmir Cromblin along with corners Laderius Fitts, Malik Stargill and Sydarien Vincent rome the secondary.
Last week, the big weapon on the team is kicker Collin Rogers. Against Wetumpka, Rogers kicked three field goals, three extra points, three punts over 40 yards and two punts inside the 10-yard line.
Stanhope Elmore (1-0 ) due to a forfeit by Selma lost to Opelika in a close game. Officially, the game didn't count but it was good experience for the Mustangs.
Quarterback Trey Killingsworth leads the Mustangs offense. He was 9-of-15 passing for 148 yards and a touchdown against Opelika. DJ McGhee was on the receiving end of the touchdown. "I thought Trey played well for his first game," said Mustangs Head coach Brian Bradford. "We could have done a couple of things better. He controlled the offense and threw the ball well. Great attitude and led the team throughout the game. I think he did well."
Running back Antonio Trone had 36 yards on 13 carries against Opelika. The offense will need to have a great game against the Prattville defense.
The Mustangs defense is solid. Three-year starter William Whitlow leads the defense. "William is a phenomenal athlete," added Bradford. "To be that big, strong, and that quick it is amazing. He is a beast in the weight room and at practice. He never lets up. He is the hardest working player on the team. He has the best attitude and personality. There is not a person in the school that doesn't like him. He is the total package, a great kid that even wants to pick up trash after everyone else goes home. He is the last player that wants to help the program. He is a joy to be around."
Caleb Foster had 10 tackles last week. With Whitlow on the defensive front are Darrion Clemens, Caleb Foster and Justin Motley. Linebackers Anthony Toby and Carter Harrison with Foster are solid.
Safety Alzaln Williams is very good in the secondary. Cornerback Jacori Williams is a player for the Mustangs. "The kid is a competitor," said Bradford. "He goes hard every single play. He wants to be great. He doesn't take a play off and such a good tackler. "
Kicker Jacob Bryant handles the kicking duties for the Mustangs.
Last year, Prattville defeated Stanhope Elmore 42-0. Look for a closer game this season. "We have a different mindset this year," said Bradford. "We want to make a statement this year. We've had good athletes. We have had the right mentality. I thing things changed at the end of last season for the better."