Vincent holds on 38-26

Published 11:04 pm Friday, September 21, 2012

Vincent running back Rodney Groce breaks a tackle in the Yellow Jackets 38-26 win over Ranburne Sept. 21. (Reporter photo / Graham Carr)

By GRAHAM CARR / Staff Writer

VINCENT-Vincent High School survived a late rally by Ranburne High School to hold on 38-26 on Sept. 21 at Vincent High School.  The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-1on the year.

Second-year Vincent coach Zeb Ellison was disappointed with his teams’ performance despite the win.

“First half, we did everything we were supposed to do,” Ellison said. “Second half, we were a completely different football team.”

Vincent was led by junior running back Rodney Groce with 113 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.  Ryan Kelow added an interception and fumble recovery touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.

Vincent did not waste any time putting points on the board as Groce ran in a five-yard touchdown run at the 9:53 mark first quarter. The Yellow Jackets added the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 8-0.

In the second quarter, senior quarterback Demauntey Johnson found senior receiver Anterio Rogers for a long 62-yard touchdown pass, extending the lead to 16-0, after another Yellow Jacket two-point conversion.

After a quick Ranburne touchdown, Johnson ran in a 3-yard touchdown run and Ryan Kelow added the extra point to put the lead at 23-6.

Vincent’s defense got in on the scoring when Kelow picked up a Ranburne fumble and returned it 66-yards for a score.  The Yellow Jackets added another successful two-point conversion and the teams went in to the half with Vincent leading 31-6.

In the third quarter, Johnson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass this time to a wide-open Quartez Walker with 8:47 left in the quarter. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the score would be the last points of the night. The Yellow Jackets still led comfortably 38-12 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Vincent self-destructed with turnovers and penalties. Vincent sophomore receiver Jace Green was actually ejected for throwing a punch midway through the quarter. These mistakes by Vincent allowed Ranburne to score two touchdowns in the final quarter.  The Bulldogs also had two other drives deep into Vincent territory, but were stopped by the Yellow Jacket defense.

“We are not a mature football team yet,” Ellison said. “We’ll get there, just got to take it one day at a time.”

The Yellow Jackets play Talladega County Central High School for homecoming next week.