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West Morgan drops opener

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

TRINITY — If winning a game was determined by how hard the defense plays then West Morgan had an advantage Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, the points didn’t come as easily in a 21-7 home loss to Munford.

“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” West Morgan head coach Pierre Coggins said.

“Our defense is what kept us in the game. We thought going into tonight’s game that our running game was fairly good, but it just wasn’t working. That’s something were going to really work on this week.”

Munford took the momentum early in the game on a 4-yard run from Montrel Parker. The point after by William Brashier was good, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The Lions struck again just before halftime on a 3-yard run by Brashier, giving them a 14-0 lead just before halftime.

West Morgan managed to march down field into the red zone, but an interception by Munford’s Hunter Gravette with 40 seconds left in the second quarter left the Rebels scoreless going into the locker room at the half.

“We would get to the 1-yard line and couldn’t score,” Coggins said. “Plays like that are what got us going on the wrong track.”

Although Coggins’ Rebels were down at the half, he said they went into the third quarter positive.

“They knew they were still in the game,” Coggins said. “They came back out and fought hard but just came up short.”

That positive attitude showed, when Rebels’ quarterback Josh McAbee scored on a 1-yard run to put West Morgan on the board early in the third quarter. Jared Spooner added the extra point.

The Rebels’ defense held the Lions scoreless in the third, but Munford struck once more in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard run by Parker. Brashier’s kick made it 21-7 with 8:21 left to play.

“We started off kind of bad at the beginning,” Coggins said. “That got into our guys’ heads, and they couldn’t get it out.”

For the game, West Morgan finished with 93 yards of total offense, 58 of those on the ground.

McAbee completed 6 of 17 passes.

With the Rebels traveling to Tanner next week for a Class 2A, Region 8 matchup, Coggins said his team has to play its best if it wants to stay with the Rattlers.

“Tanner has a good team,” Coggins said. “We need to have a good week of practice, and in order for us to do that, we need to forget about this game and start fresh Monday.”

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