Spain Park holds on against Robert E. Lee

Published 1:02 am Saturday, September 28, 2013

Spain Park's Otis Harris break a tackle in a Sept. 27 matchup with Robert E. Lee in Montgomery.

Spain Park’s Otis Harris break a tackle in a Sept. 27 matchup with Robert E. Lee in Montgomery. (Contributed/Melissa Moore)

By LUKE GRANTHUM/For the Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Spain Park Jaguars held on to a 20 -14 win over Robert E. Lee-Montgomery in Cramton Bowl Sept. 27.  Spain Park took the opening kick and moved the ball eighty yards for the first score of the game. Otis Harris scored from one yard out. Taylor Thomas kicked the PAT to make it 7-0 with 9:19 to go in the first quarter.

Spain Park scored again with 37 seconds left in the second quarter on a Mickey Forrest 27-yard pass to Otis Harris. Thomas kicked the extra point to give the Jaguars a 14-0 lead at the half.

The Lee Generals received the ball to start the second half and quickly went to work cutting into the Jaguar lead.  Lee went 80 yards in 10 plays to pull within seven with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

Lee’s offense began to move the ball again late in the quarter but Samuel Berry recovered a General fumble at the Jaguar 4-yard line to stop the drive. Five plays later the Jags gave them ball back to Lee with a fumble at their own 34. The Spain Park defense stiffened and on fourth down Devin Pughsley stopped the Lee running back for no gain.

With 9:06 to go in the fourth quarter Lee returned an interception 57 yards to the Jag 3-yard line. Four plays later the Generals found the end zone with a fourth and two pass for the touchdown. The PAT made it 14-14 with 5:55 left in the game. Spain Park answered on its next possession going 64 yards in nine plays to retake the lead. The PAT was no good and the Jaguars held onto a six point lead with 2:17 left in the game.

On the ensuing possession Lee moved the ball downfield in 12 plays but the General quarterback was tackled at the five as time ran out giving Spain Park a hard fought 20-14 victory.

Head coach Shawn Raney said he was proud of his team’s effort.

“Our offense kept fighting, and bailed us out,” he said. “We have a resilient bunch of kids. We will take a win any way we can get it. We’re 5-0.”

Spain Park was led by Otis Harris with 21 carries for 67 yards and 66 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Mickey Forrest was 21 for 31 for 298 yards and two touchdowns. The Jag defense was led by E.J. Mareno , Leon Strong, and Devin Pughsley each with five tackles.