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Coach's challenge starts W. Morgan rally

By Paul Stackhouse 340-2460

TRINITY — West Morgan High football coach Pierre Coggins gave his team an ultimatum near the end of the first quarter Thursday night.

The Rebels trailed by two touchdowns, and Coggins had seen enough.

Coggins forwarded a challenge to his players — this game was theirs to win or lose. The players had to prove to the coaches they wanted to win — they did.

After trailing 13-0 midway through the opening quarter, West Morgan proceeded to reel off seven unanswered touchdowns en route to a 49-13 Class 2A, Region 8 victory over Phil Campbell.

"We started off bad, had a couple of turnovers and I told our players like it was," Coggins said. "I told them if they want it bad enough, they'll have to prove it to us. The did prove it to us, and the coaches jumped back in and we ended up with a great win."

West Morgan (1-2, 1-1 in the region) rolled up 386 yards of offense, including 283 on the ground. Terrance Carter gained 145 rushing yards on seven carries and scored twice. Blake Gholston had 158 yards on seven carries and scored one touchdown.

West Morgan fumbled on its first two possessions, and Phil Campbell (0-3, 0-2) turned both turnovers into touchdowns for a 13-0 lead.

With 2:12 remaining in the first quarter, West Morgan started the scoring onslaught. Carter scored on an 11-yard run before scoring again on a 61-yard run as the horn sounded to end the period.

Jared Spooner, who connected on all seven of his extra-point kicks, made the score 14-13. It was all the Rebels would need.

"We started blocking again there at the end of the first, and all I had to do was run and score," Carter said. "After that, we stayed focused and got our confidence up.

"We needed this win to help us get ready for Red Bay next week."

In the second period, Caleb Brown scored on an 11-yard run before Michael Clem caught a 21-yard pass from McAbee to make the score 28-13 at halftime.

West Morgan picked up where they left off in the third quarter. Quentin Davis scored on an 37-yard pass from McAbee before Gholston ran 62 yards for a touchdown.

The Rebels' final touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard pass from backup quarterback David Pritchard to Austyn Mason.

"Our guys stepped it up and I couldn't be happier about it," Coggins said. "We needed this win, especially since it was a region game.

"I hope to use this win to get us going in practice. We've got Red Bay next week, and it's going to take a supreme effort to beat them."

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