In the law of football physics, you can’t score going backwards.
Alexander Central stymied West Caldwell 69 -0 Friday night, holding the Warriors to minus 47 yards. The Cougars went to 5-0 with the win and dropped the visitors to 0-5. The Blue and Gold offense scored just about every way you can fathom. They scored on the ground, through the air, up the middle, around the end, and a punt return.
After winning the coin-toss the Cougars elected to take the ball and wasted no time getting the rout started. A.J. Miller took a jet sweep from quarterback Easton Rhoney 66 yards into the north end zone and the Cougars were already up 7-0, 15 seconds into the game. By the time the opening period was over, AC was up 27-0 on touchdown runs by Rhoney, Tevin Clark, and Steven Montgomery.
The second quarter was more of the same with the Cougars scoring at will including one of the more unusual plays you can imagine. The Warriors were backed up deep in their own territory when the punter almost whiffed a punt attempt from his own end zone. Ryheem Craig scooped it up for what was ruled a two yard punt return for a score. The score was 55-0 at the half and some of the local fans actually called it a night and went home, it was obvious that things were not going to get more competitive.
The Cougars played their starting unit one possession on offense in the second half and from that point on, it was the Alexander Central JV team that finished the rout with a running clock. The 69 point margin of victory is the largest in school history and the minus 47 yards of offense is almost certainly a school best as well.
A.J. Miller rushed for 99 yards on just 4 carries, Daniel Morgan picked up 64 yards on 4 touches and two touchdowns. Easton Rhoney went 3 of 4 passing for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Brown led the defense with 9 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss.
Next up, a showdown of two undefeated teams. ACHS will travel to Boone next Friday to battle Watauga. The Pioneers opened their conference season with a 46-12 win over South Caldwell.