RC Warrior defenders shine in loss

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By Chad Dixon

Four Russell County Warriors (0-3, 0-1) had double digit tackles, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Carver-Montgomery Wolverines (3-0, 1-0) 9-0 on Sept.7 in Montgomery, Ala. Jalen Mitchell (14), Myles Byrom, (12), Tyrik York (12) and Kaleb Epp (11) combined for 49 tackles for the Warriors.

“We played well defensively and gave up one big play that really cost us. We had an early offsides call that hurt us and threw an interception. We only had 21 penalty yards which was good to see,” said Russell County Head Coach Dwight Jones.

Wolverines’ junior quarterback Cole Williams completed a 38-yard pass in the first quarter and Carver-Montgomery picked up a safety in the second quarter. That would be it for the scoring. Williams was 4-for-18 with 51 passing yards. The Wolverines gained 203 total yards to the Warriors’ 119. The Wolverines were 2-for-12 on third down; Russell County was 0-for-11.

“We need to do a better job of moving the ball on offense. We need to make better decisions in regards of who to throw the ball to and when to throw the ball away. Most of all, we just need to be more consistent,” Jones added.

Russell County quarterback Quon Pritchett was 3-for-10 with 22 passing yards and one interception. He also led the Warriors with 39 rushing yards on 12 carries. Myrick Jackson had 33 rushing yards on four carries. JerRon Clark caught one pass from Pritchett for 20 yards.

The Warriors continue to look for their first win of the season as they travel to play Dothan High (1-2, 0-1) on Friday at Rip Hewes Stadium at 8pm ET. Dothan fell to Enterprise 45-21 in week one, defeated Rehobeth 47-7 in their second game and lost to Park Crossing 32-15 last Friday night.

“Dothan will be a tough game. We don’t expect to be perfect, but with our lack of numbers, we will need to play extremely hard in each game to be competitive. We need to do a better job of executing and blocking. The kids are working hard,” Jones stated.