Alcoa sprays down Yellowjackets
By Marcus Fitzsimmons | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alcoa’s to-do list for fall break included a little home maintenance and the Tornadoes got it done with a super-sized can of insecticide Thursday. Alcoa sprayed down the Yellowjackets and escaped without a sting in reply on the way to a 56-0 District 4-AA victory over Kingston on Goddard Field.
A pair of point-after failures were the only blemish as Alcoa scored on five of its first seven possessions, held Kingston to a net of 55 yards in first half and took a 33-point lead to the half.
“Kicking game looked strong. Defense looked strong. A couple of penalties but other than that we had a good night,” said Alcoa coach Gary Rankin.
Kenny Dean brought down an 11-yard fade from Peyton Wall to start the mercy rule clock early in the third quarter. Dean’s score to the left corner of the middle school end zone capitalized on a 57-yard punt return from Landon Turbyfill, who faked a reverse on the first fieldable Yellowjacket punt of the game, kept the ball going left from right and turned up the home sideline, where only an ankle tackle by kicker Keaton Shillings forced the senior out of bounds.
Shaun Love wasn’t about to be denied after being the faker on the punt return. The junior took the next Kingston punt 54 yards before Shillings again made the score saving stop.
“We practice it every day and just tried to execute what we do in practice,” Turbyfill told The Daily Times.
“I was very disappointed to not get it in. I didn’t even see him coming.”
The returns were all the bug spray the Tornadoes needed to finish the job and all CAK head coach Rusty Bradley — spotted sitting in the visiting stands — needed to see.
Jaquez Tyson got the Tornadoes (6-1, 3-0 District 4-AA) rolling on a halfback pass to Dean on fourth-and-4 that went the full 30 yards for Alcoa’s opening score.
“We needed a spark and lift right there,” Rankin said. “After a big game like Greeneville and fall break, it’s hard to come off of it. I thought after that we got rolling pretty good but until that point we were a little lethargic.”
Malik Love turned a 49-yard screen pass from Wall into a score on a huge block from Lonnie Lewis before Tyson bowled in for the first of the sophomore’s two TDs.
Kingston (5-2, 2-1) picked up its only first down of the first half as Dustin Kitts broke containment running to the left side of the Wing-T for 22 yards but the Yellowjackets weren’t finding many places to fly as Kingston was held to 112 net yards, three first downs and never dented the scoreboard.
“I told them I’d keep providing the pizza, if you keep the points off the board,” defensive coordinator Brian Nix said of the Alcoa traditional reward for the shutout that is now at three consecutive weeks of pepperoni. “I appreciated the focus the defense brought back this week. I was real happy to get them off the field as consistently as we did tonight.”
Preston Edmonds' attempt a possession later took him right into the arms of Alcoa’s Braylon Young, who was shifted over to tackle from end. The junior helped the Kingston freshman up into the air and upside down before a hard landing on a stop that brought the trainers on the field, the players on both sides to their knees and drew a flag-inducing reaction from the Kingston sideline.
“We want them to be physical. We want to be aggressive We don’t want to see anyone on either side get hurt,” Nix said of the stop. “I think anyone that knows Braylon knows that was bad angles, he’s just not the kind of kid to try and hurt someone.”
Alcoa missed a second quarter PAT that left it 27-0 following a one-yard Turbyfill plunge and a try to the right side to Tyson after the sophomore’s second score came up a yard short. The Tornadoes made up the two points with a safety as Kingston retreated into the end zone after fielding a kick off at the 2 and was brought down by the Alcoa special teams.
AHS goes into it’s bye week to prepare for a stretch run that starts at Stone Memorial then stops by Class 4A Top 10 Fulton and concludes the regular season with a district title showdown with CAK.
BACK AT HAND: Alcoa’s Ezekial Koko was in jeans and a jersey Thursday after injuring his right hand in the first quarter against Greeneville. The senior back is expected back for Stone Memorial after surgery earlier this week.
“He’ll be back in another week or so,” Rankin said. “He’ll have a small cast but we’ll work it out.”