Vincent rolls over Shades Mountain in homecoming win

Vincent High School seniors Brett Frizzell and Collin Spradley were hungry midway through the third quarter Friday night.

The duo had already helped the Yellow Jackets devour Shades Mountain Christian 51-3 in a homecoming rout, but that wasn’t enough. They were looking for something more filling.

“You want some pizza?,” Frizzell sarcastically asked Spradley. “Yeah, bring me a slice,” Spradley responded.

It was that kind of night Friday, where the Vincent first-string offense and defense were able to take the second half off. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns on offense and the defense overpowered the Eagles.

Senior running back Juwan Rogers, who rushed for 64 yards and two early touchdowns, said it best.

“Once we get our motor running,” Rogers said, “nobody can stop us.”

Rogers added a touchdown reception just before halftime. Senior quarterback Michael Kelley rushed for 142 yards and also threw two touchdown passes in the win. Shacorry Lilly rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns in the second half as the Yellow Jackets continued to pour it on after a 32-3 halftime lead.

Rogers opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter. Ben McKinney added a 7-yard touchdown run three minutes later to give Vincent a 13-0 lead. Rogers added his second rushing touchdown early in the second quarter to push the lead to 25-3. His 32-yard touchdown reception from Kelley with 12 seconds left in the first half gave the Yellow Jackets a commanding 32-3 lead.

Lilly had a 3-yard touchdown run and a 26-yard touchdown run, sandwiched by a fumble returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Keiandre Dates, in the second half to cap the scoring for the Yellow Jackets.

Vincent coach Dwight Spradley said he’s seen a noticable difference in his team since the third quarter of a loss to Class 2A, Region 4 opponent Hale County. The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 4 with the win Friday.

“We’ve played pretty well lately,” Spradley said. “Our younger guys have been making some plays. We’ve got the meat of our (region) schedule coming up, but we may have a shot to be something special.”

Vincent will travel to Region 4 opponent Winterboro Sept. 25.