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Athens drills
West Point

Coach Creasy unhappy
with team's 22-point win

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

ATHENS — Athens High scored a 34-12 win over West Point for the Golden Eagles' second Class 5A, Region 8 victory of the season.

But even with the 22-point win, Athens head coach Allen Creasy wasn't particularly happy with the way his team played.

"We won, and I'm glad we did," Creasy said. "But I am not happy with how we played. West Point is a good team, and they brought a fight."

The Warriors got on the board early in the first after Latterick Williams returned a 27-yard interception with 9:21 left in the first quarter. Athens blocked Cody Brunkenhofer's extra-point try, leaving the score at 6-0.

Athens scored later in the quarter on a 1-yard run by John Wallace from Todd Pepper.

Andrew McCartney's extra point was good, putting the Golden Eagles up 7-6 with 43 seconds left in the quarter. Athens never trailed again.

"Our kids came up here and kind of had our backs up against the wall." West Point coach Michael Simmons said. "They played hard. We made some mistakes and didn't take advantage of their mistakes like we should have.

"I felt like the game should have been a lot closer than it was, but we're still a young team trying to get better."

Robert Brown, who finished with 124 rushing yards, got Athens on the board again, in the second quarter, on an 11-yard run.

The extra point by McCartney was good with 6:08 remaining. Brown scored again on a 12-yard run with 54 seconds left, making it 20-6 before the half.

The Golden Eagles got it going again late in the third quarter on a 33-yard pass from Pepper to Trey Brooks.

It didn't take long for Athens to find the end zone again. Chad Stinett scored on a 35-yard run with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. McCartney found the uprights again putting the Golden Eagles up 34-6.

West Point scored once more on a 34-yard pass from Caiden Bagwell to Jacob Thompson. The Warriors tried for the 2-point conversion, but it was no good.

"We talked to our guys tonight about believing and believing in each other and believing they could win," Simmons said. "Anytime you can come out and score first on a defending state champ team, it always gets the momentum going. There will be some things we'll correct and hopefully play better next week."

Athens finished the night with 372 yards of offense, including 269 on the ground.

"If how we played tonight says how we're going to play the rest of the season, it's not going to carry us," Creasy said.

"We've got to do a better job up front. Our pass protection didn't protect the passer good enough. Defensively,we're going to have to work better at moving our feet and changing directions."

The Golden Eagles travel to Ogle Stadium next week to face Class 5A, Region 5 rival Decatur.

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