Lions top East Memorial for first win

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

PRATTVILLE –After allowing two touchdowns in the second quarter, the Kingwood Christian Lions held East Memorial Christian Academy scoreless to claim a 20-14 win on the road Sept. 13.

Kingwood (1-3) got on the board in the first quarter when Jacob Bussey scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.

East Memorial (1-3) scored 14 unanswered points for a 14-6 advantage before the Lions’ defense made a big play to draw within two points. Kingwood’s Tyler Mills blocked a Wildcat punt that Johnathon Faulkner recovered and ran the ball into the end zone from 35 yards to make the 14-12 Wildcats at the half.

The Lions’ defense held the East Memorial offense scoreless in the second half to allow their offense to gain momentum. Kingwood scored the go-ahead score in the third quarter when Charles White hauled in a 43-yard pass from Gavin Sumrall. Micah Wallace carried the ball into the end zone on the two-point conversion to give Kingwood the 20-14 victory.

Faulkner led Kingwood with 104 yards rushing, including runs of 34 and 30 yards to go with the special teams touchdown. White led Lion receivers with three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Sumrall finished the game throwing for 74 yards on 8-of-18 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Kingwood returns to action Sept. 21 when it takes on Evangel Christian Academy of Montgomery on the road.