After facing Cairo on the road and Sandy Creek in the Georgia Dome, the Drew Titans weren’t going to scare in a home game, no matter who the opponent was.
The Titans turned in a near-flawless performance, whipping previously unbeaten Stockbridge 31-7 Friday night at Southern Crescent Stadium behind Jadarius West, who rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (3-2, 2-1 Region 4-AAA) kept themselves in position to earn a playoff spot.
The Titans’ win avenged a 19-0 loss to Stockbridge last year and the Titans narrowly missed their first-ever shutout. It also gained a measure of comfort for the Titans, whose former teammate Marquis Magwood was seriously injured in a south Florida car crash earlier in the day.
“We were playing with heavy hearts,” said Drew coach Jarrett Laws. “There was a strange mix of emotions out there.”
Drew quarterback Jay Murray completed 12 of 18 passes for 130 yards, including a 37-yard TD to Devon Miller.
Drew outgained the Tigers 384-242 and frustrated Stockbridge quarterback Leon Prunty, who had put up big numbers in the Tigers’ four wins but completed just eight of 21 passes for 147 yards and a meaningless touchdown.
The game was marred by a pair of personal foul penalties with 4:31 left, and Drew’s Antonio Garcia was ejected for his part in the exchange.
No. 10-ranked Stockbridge (4-1, 2-1) came in looking for its first-ever 5-0 start but instead looked like the upstart.
Nothing went right for the Tigers, who fumbled five times, losing two, and they had a low punt hit a member of their coverage team, spotting the ball at the Stockbridge 32 and setting up the second of West’s touchdowns, a 13-yard run with 3:04 left in the half.
The Titans drove 68 yards to their first score, a 35-yard field goal by Shem Ogunbummi.
They got out of a third-and-15 hole early in the second quarter with a 25-yard pass from Jay Murray to Denzelle Clarke early in the second period, and two plays later, West sprinted 54 yards around left end for his first TD and a 10-0 lead.
“The week we played them last year we kind of played around and acted like it was going to be an easy win,” said West. “We took it seriously this time.”
The Tigers’ only score came on a 39-yard pass from Prunty to Evan Jones with 3:11 left in the game.