Oak Mountain comes up short at Prattville

Published 4:07 am Saturday, October 19, 2013

By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Writer

PRATTVILLE — The Oak Mountain Eagles controlled every aspect of their Oct. 18 matchup with Prattville, that is, except for the final score.

The Eagles, despite a great effort, came up just short of a second-straight win against Prattville, falling 28-21 to the Lions.

Prattville got on the board first, scoring on a six-play drive that ended on a 25-yard run by quarterback Kalen Whitlow. The extra point was good, and the Lions led 7-0 with 10:29 left in the first quarter.

The game became a defensive battle, with neither team giving or gaining ground until Oak Mountain scored when Galen Lloyd took a one-yard run in for a touchdown. Blake Miller’s extra point was good, and the game was tied at 7-7 with 7:39 to go in the third quarter.

The Lions responded with a six-play drive that ended when Kamryn Pettway broke loose for a 47-yard touchdown run. The extra point made it 14-7 Prattville, with 5:35 left in the third.

A bad bounce on the ensuing kickoff saw the ball find its way into Prattville’s possession, and the Lions capitalized with another touchdown to pull ahead 21-7. Prattville scored once more to extend the lead to 21 at the end of the third quarter.

Just as it appeared the game was all but over, the Eagles came racing back, scoring on another Lloyd touchdown with 7:07 left in the game. Miller’s extra point was good, and the Eagles trailed by 14.

Following a botched Lion punt, Oak Mountain scored again when Warren Shader took the ball in on a fourth and goal with 3:12 left in the game. Miller was good again, and the score was 28-21, PHS.

It would turn out to be the final score, as the onside attempt was no good, and Prattville ran out the rest of the clock.

“We gave up too many big plays,” head coach Cris Bell said. “We’ve got to do a better job of stopping the run. Our kids played hard. We had a chance to lay down and didn’t.”

The loss drops the Eagles to 3-5 overall, and 2-4 in the region. Oak Mountain will host Thompson Oct. 25.