In what should have been a home game for Sumrall, the Bobcats took care of Sacred Heart at the Sacred Heart Athletic Complex on Friday night, scoring 33 points in the first half on the way to a 33-6 victory.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Sumrall for the Bobcats’ first home game of the season. However, poor field conditions prompted the game to be moved to Sacred Heart, pushing back their home opener to next week against Enterprise.
Sumrall Head Coach Shannon White said his team was prepared for the sudden change of venue.
“We told them yesterday we weren’t going to let that be an issue,” White said. “We had to make that decision yesterday, there were so many people involved, gate workers, security and buses, and Sacred Heart was great to us, they brought in extra bleachers, so we appreciate their courtesy.”
Sumrall took advantage of Sacred Heart punts early. After a nine-play opening possession for the Crusaders, Sumrall senior quarterback Dannis Jackson scored on a quarterback keeper on the Bobcats first offensive possession. Senior running back Tyrek Preston then added his first touchdown on the night on Sumrall’s next offensive possession with a 20-yard score. Preston added another touchdown to start the second quarter to expand the lead. Sumrall rounded out scoring in the second quarter with a red zone rushing touchdown from junior Adarrius Fairman and a long-developing punt return touchdown from Hayden Barrett to expand their lead.
A little bit of history was made on the PAT following the punt return. Junior kicker Caragan Childs became the first female Sumrall player ever to record an extra point.
Like in their contest against Richton last week, Sacred Heart struggled to gain momentum on offense in the first half. The Crusaders punted on their first five possessions and lost a fumble on their final possession of the half.
The second half was a quick moving affair for both teams, Sacred Heart had only three possessions in the half, while Sumrall focused on ball control. However, near the end of the contest, Sumrall allowed their first points on defense this season when Sacred Heart senior quarterback Zach Weatherell connected on a touchdown pass to senior Carson Hall to give the game its final score of 33-6.
Sacred Heart Head Coach Lonny Schraeder was proud of how his team did not give up, in the second half, despite the halftime score.
“First of all, Sumrall has a very good football team,” Schraeder said. “We came out in the second half and just kept swinging.”
With the win, Sumrall advances to 3-0 on the season. They will play their first home game against Enterprise next Friday. For 0-3 Sacred Heart, they will look to get their first win of the season when they hit the road to face North Forrest.