Keicher receives honors
Special to the Reporter
The Central Alabama Renegades improved their 2003 record to 4-0 with a victory over the Westside Warriors.
For the first time this season the Renegades have named multiple players as Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week.
On the defensive side of the ball three players were named as Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Defensive back Waymond Tanner, linebacker James Hall and defensive tackle Cliff Darrington were all named as Defensive Player of the Week.
Tanner recorded seven tackles, three of which were solo tackles. Hall had three solo tackles, four assists and a sack. Darrington added three solo tackles, three assist and one and a half sacks to the defensive totals.
On the offensive side of the ball wide receiver Danny Keicher of Calera and tailback B.J. Cook were named as Offensive Player of the Week.
Keicher hauled in three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Cook rushed for 110 yards on 11 carries.
These performances were made possible by a good performance by the Renegades’ offensive line, which played well as a unit even though starting center Jesse Marsh was not able to make the road trip and play.
Marsh’s mother passed away earlier in the week and her funeral was on Saturday, and the team dedicated the game to her. Matt Powell, who is normally the teams deep snapper, did a good job filling in for Marsh at the Center position.
On special teams linebacker Tony Broadnax recorded two tackles on kick coverage and was named as Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Renegades opened the scoring on a nine-play drive, which used up almost the entire first quarter.
The score was set up by an 18-yard pass from Mick Lunsford to tight end Gorman Thornton.
On the very next play tailback Antonio Parker powered over from one yard out to finish off the drive. A missed extra point left the score at 6-0.
The Renegades’ defense would shut down the Warriors’ offense and put the ball back in the hands of the Renegades offense.
The second quarter would begin much the same way as the first quarter had, with a long Renegades’ scoring drive.
This time it would be an 11-play drive, which would end with a 37-yard field goal by Kevin Jones. Once again the defense would hold and the Renegades would end the first half with a 9-0 lead.
In the second half the Renegades would pick up where they left off.
The defense held the Warriors to three plays and out and the offense made another long drive for a score.
This time the drive would be sparked by the running of fullback Prentice Martin-Bowen. The drive would be capped off with an 18-yard touchdown strike from quarterback J.R. Richardson of Calera to Keicher.
A failed two-point conversion would leave the score at 15-0.
The Renegades’ defense would bend but not break.
The Warriors wmoved inside the Renegades’ 20-yard line but would be stopped on a fourth-and-three when defensive end Eric Seabon would sack the Warriors’ quarterback for a six-yard loss.
The Renegades offense took over possession of the ball and began the fourth quarter of play with another scoring drive.
This drive would end with Lunsford connecting with Bryan Houston on a 36-yard scoring pass.
With just over two minutes left in the game the Warriors would score their only points of the night on a 40-yard touchdown pass.
A successful two-point conversion made the score 21-8.
An onside kick attempt failed when Renegades linebacker Benji Adair smothered the high-hopping ball and was covered by his teammates.
The Renegades ran out the clock to end the game.
The Renegades will host the Panhandle Tigers on August 9th at Stanley-Jensen Stadium in Prattville. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
This will be a big game for the Renegades due to the fact it is a divisional game and the Tigers are the Renegades’ closest and biggest rival. Admission is $ 7 for adults with kids 12 and under admitted free