Monday, August 27, 2012

GRAYSON, Ky. -- Alderson Broaddus football’s 35-17 victory Monday afternoon against Kentucky Christian was over 80 years in the making.

“This is a great way for AB to begin its football tradition,” said Head Coach Dennis Creehan. “The win is a good foundation to build on. I am very pleased with the defense after the first quarter. I was pleased with how well we ran the ball on offense and kicking was outstanding  most of the day.”

The Battler football program, in its first game against an opposing school since the 1930 season, did not disappoint fans forced to wait for the return of gridiron action. AB held the Knights scoreless after allowing 17 points in the first half and the defense dominated KCU forcing a pair of fumbles and collecting three sacks after halftime.

AB jumped out to an early lead propelled by a dynamic kick return by Deanaruis Wilson to begin the contest. The 5’9” defensive back bolted the 45-yard kickoff 80 yards for the Battlers first touchdown of the season and gave AB a 6-0 advantage.

On the Knights second possession, they found an answer to Wilson’s scamper and the Battler’s early lead. Quarterback Cole Cooper punched the ball into the end zone on a first and goal at the one yard line with 6:45 left in the first quarter. Cooper displayed his elusiveness throughout the contest netting 90 yards on 11 carries and passing for 39.

With control of the ball trailing 7-6, the Battlers concocted a drive that put them in position for a 35-yard field goal, but it missed wide right.

KCU once again effectively moved the ball down the field, following the missed field goal opportunity, and increased its lead with a 28-yard carry by running back Demone Belmarez. Belmarez finished the game with four rushes for 38 yards.

The Battlers trailed 14-6 entering the second quarter and were forced to watch the Knights add a field goal after a fumble recovery by Denzel Cameron.  

Down 17-6, AB went to the ground following a 19-yard return by Lorell Morris. Back Isaac Silafau took a handoff for  33 yards to the KCU six yard line and Brehon Daniels rushed for a six-yard touchdown bringing the Battlers within four following the extra point.

Special teams continued to swing momentum in the Battlers favor with 3:26 left in the half. KCU punter Keith Pulley had a punt blocked out the back of the end zone for a safety, making the score 17-15 and bringing the Battlers within two.

Quarterback Wilson Vaughn led the Battler offense into the second half and navigated them on a nine-play, 60-yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamaine Sherman on a 23-yard route in the corner of the end zone. Vaughn’s toss gave AB a lead it would not relinquish.

Kicker Phillip Warner connected on a pair of third-quarter field goals from 39 and 48 yards respectively and the Battlers capped off the contest with a 59-yard carry by Daniels in the fourth. Daniels carried the ball 10 times in the opener for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Vaughn, Matt Hommell and Adam Wattenbarger made appearances under center during the opener. Wideout Tyrone Temoney led the team with 93 receiving yards on four grabs. He was responsible for the games longest reception, a 49-yard catch from Vaughn in the first quarter.

The Battler defense recorded 6.5 sacks for a loss of 26 yards in the contest.  Lineman Tyler Hargrove collected one of the sacks, recorded two tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble for a 19-yard gain in the second quarter.

AB travels to Latrobe, Pa., Monday, Sept. 3 to face St. Vincent College beginning at 3 p.m. Visit for game scores, stories and statistics all season long.