Bulldogs take on Munford in 2011 Jamboree
ALPINE — Munford took advantage of key mistakes by Winterboro en route to a 26-12 jamboree win in Alpine Friday night.
Freshman cornerback Kenyatta Brown forces a fumble by Munford's Monteo Garrett. (Daily Home)
“It was a jamboree, and you play it to get some of the first-game wrinkles ironed out,” said Munford head coach Will Wagnon. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. With a jamboree you find out who can really play and you find out who’s just not ready yet. We’ll watch the film and we’ll find out.”
Wagnon went on to say he was impressed with Winterboro’s preparation, and that his Lions were “lucky to come out on top.”
Two turnovers in the redzone hindered Winterboro’s offensive progress in the first half.
“I thought we played pretty well considering,” said Winterboro head coach Adam Fossett. “Obviously we had too many turnovers. Is that attributed to the humidity and the ball being soaked? Is it attributed to poor ball carrying? I think it was a little bit of both. Whatever it is, we need to do a better job of protecting the ball.”
Midway through the first quarter, Winterboro was threatening to score on Munford’s 4-yard line. Curtavious Gray took a handoff up the middle, but right before he hit paydirt, the ball popped out of his hands and into Tavon Lawson’s for a turnover.
Munford’s Monteo Garrett pushed the ball past midfield with a 31-yard run. The ball then popped out of his hands, but it was recovered by teammate Koari Champion.
Chris Chapman gained 15 yards on a trick play, setting up Champion’s 2-yard TD run in the second quarter to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.
Winterboro responded with a big play on their next possession, a 40-yard pass from Taylor Garrett to Cedric McKenzie, bringing the ball down to the Lions’ 2-yard line. On the next play, senior Jalen Whetstone leaped over the goal line to tie the game at 6-6.
In the final five minutes of the first half, Monteo Garrett gave Munford the lead again with a 49-yard scamper to the right, making it 12-6.
After a 33-yard run by Curtavious Gray, Taylor Garrett fumbled on the Munford 10-yard line, giving the ball back to the Lions.
In the closing minutes, Monteo Garrett threw an interception to Whetstone, and the score remained 12-6.
In the second half, McKenzie fumbled the ball on Winterboro’s opening possession, giving Munford the ball on the Bulldog 46-yard line.
Darice Allen pushed the ball to the Winterboro 2-yard line, but three plays later a fumbled snap allowed Winterboro’s Jacob McCoy to scoop the ball up and give the ball back to the Bulldogs.
After trading possessions, Allen scored Munford’s third touchdown of the night with a 19-yard run late in the quarter.
Ben Trickett split the uprights for the extra point, and Munford led 19-6 late in the third frame.
An interception caught by Andrew Waddell set up Munford’s fourth TD of the game, a 26-yard run by Brett Haynie.
Whetstone put up a big run to put the Bulldogs back in scoring position late in the game. The final score came moments later when Whetstone tossed a TD pass to Nic Parnell.
Fossett praised the play of Whetstone, who had taken roughly 10 snaps at the quarterback position in practice. The coach also said the offensive line played well, but he believes the team needs to improve on missed tackles.
Munford will open their season at Sylacauga next Friday, while Winterboro is set to travel to Talladega. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
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