KANNAPOLIS – The Cream of Cabarrus No. 2-ranked A.L Brown football team used the first three drives of the game to stamp its night during a 49-0 victory over Jay M. Robinson Friday at Kannapolis Memorial Stadium.
The first drive was by Jay M. Robinson; the Bulldogs fumbled, and the Wonders turned that into a touchdown. That was followed by a Wonders 52-yard touchdown drive and then a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown after a Bulldogs possession.
That early 21-0 lead carried the Wonders to the big win.
“I felt like we had a couple good drives going, and then we fumbled, we threw an interception, we gave up a punt, and next thing you know, we’re playing from behind,” said Bulldogs coach Rich Williams. “We just made too many mistakes too early.”
The punt return touchdown gave the ball right back to Jay M. Robinson, and it had a promising drive going until senior quarterback Kam Robinson threw an interception that Josiah Cauthen returned 101 yards for another Wonders score.
That touchdown made it 21-0 with 3:18 left in the first quarter. Junior running back Todd Kennedy Jr., who scored the first Wonders offensive touchdown, scored on the next possession to make it 28-0 off a one-play, 73-yard touchdown drive.
That set the tone as A.L. Brown relied on defense and the running game for the remainder of the night to pickup a win with only one regular-season game left: The “Battle for the Bell” against archrival Concord.
“Tonight, we wanted to get a big win where we could get our confidence up going into the Bell game and going into the playoffs,” said Wonders coach Mike Newsome. “We’ve moved the ball down the field and just not scored. And tonight, to be on fire at the beginning of the game, is something that we’ve been wanting to do, and we’re glad we got it done.”
Jay M. Robinson 1-9 overall, 0-4 South Piedmont 3A Conference; A.L. Brown 6-3, 2-2
THE PLAY OF THE GAME
On the second Bulldogs drive of the night, they sent away a punt that was returned by Khalil Blanton 70 yards for a Wonders touchdown.
It was the Wonders second touchdown of the night and made it 14-0 only halfway through the first quarter.
Jay M. Robinson got the ball right back and had a nice drive going before safety Josiah Cauthen had his 101-yard interception return.
The Wonders got off to the fast start they wanted, and all three phases were part of the action.
Jay M. Robinson
-- Kam Robinson passed for 104 yards with a long pass of 23-yards highlighting his night.
-- Kennedy Jr. had 93 rushing yards, two scores and 24 receiving yards after just one quarter of play and ended his night with 131 yards total offense.
-- Jakhiry Bennett got the second-half start at running back and scored on the Wonders’ first possession of the half. He ended his night with 55 yards on the ground.
-- Cauthen had the 101-yard “Pick-6” in the first quarter and later added a second interception to end the third quarter.
-- Tonight felt like football season, something we haven’t seen much this fall. The air was crisp but tolerable, the sky was clear, and the crowd came with blankets. The game, the weather and the A.L. Brown fans, made for a good night of football.
-- The Wonders have a team that can score in a hurry. They are armed at every position, play well defensively and on special teams. They play complimentary football and did that exceptionally well on this night for a big win.
-- Tonight was my first time seeing a football game on the new turf of Kannapolis Memorial Stadium, and it looks amazing. I’ve only seen it as a soccer field before tonight, so to see it under the Friday Night Lights was nice.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Jay M. Robinson plays host to Central Cabarrus next Friday, while the Wonders welcome Concord for the “Battle for the Bell.”
Jay M. Robinson 0 0 0 0 -- 0
A.L. Brown 28 7 14 0 – 49
ALB -- Kennedy Jr. 3 run (Ty Woods kick)
ALB -- Khalil Blanton 62 punt return (Woods kick)
AL -- Cauthen 101 interception return (Woods kick)
AL -- Kennedy Jr. 73 run (Woods kick)
AL -- Amereon Plummer 2 run (Woods kick)
AL -- Bennett 3 run (Woods kick)
AL - Dezmond Adams 52 interception return (Woods kick)