Drew 31, Stockbridge 7

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.

9 comments Add your comment

Patriot Power

September 30th, 2011
11:45 pm

Ouch. Stockbridge definitely not as good as advertised.

Sportsmommy74

September 30th, 2011
11:51 pm

Way to go Drew

bigdaddy65

October 1st, 2011
1:15 am

again for all you all sleeping on drew don’t try jumping on the band after next week victory. Drew is for real and we aren’t losing another regular season game. 8-2 will be the record for this season and we will be heading into the playoff.

01HAWK

October 1st, 2011
4:27 pm

Quite impressive for a 3 year old upstart program that has it’s first senior class this year.

Do not sleep on this team as EASTSIDE in Covington can tell you.

Last year the EASTSIDE COACH stated that their loss to DREW was the worst loss he had experienced.

EASTSIDE WENT 9-2 last year.

DREW does not give up.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,IMPRESSIVE.

Jadarius West…………………………………KENTUCKY committ is the REAL DEAL.

Thoroughbred

October 1st, 2011
5:00 pm

I’m glad all these Drew fans are pumped but seriously you beat Stockbridge which looks to be overated. Stockbridge hasn’t played anyone good all year. C’mon Drew fans y’all don’t pat yourselfs on the back to much. Sandy Creek beat y’all 35-0 and SC didn’t even play RB Mike Hilton in the 2nd half. The region title will be decided in Covington tonight between SC and Eastside.

mhc tiger

October 2nd, 2011
6:29 am

Good win Drew…but slow your roll patriot Power…The Bridge came into that game uninspired with a sense of entitlement. Drew took it too them…5 fumbles, numerous misplays, missed assignments, just a bad performance. Too illustrate the type of game it was, we had a reciever early running untouched on his way to a potential 80yd TD and he trips and falls over the grass. We ended up missing a tying field goal! Now Drew has a lot to do with that, but Stockbridge also has too take some ownership for not playing their best ball. Drew is the type of team you cant let hang around. With every mistake they got more and more inspired! Bottom Line. We got Henry and Eastside back to back…we will see what kind of resolve these kids have! One of the seniors is in my house and trust me i have the Drew score splattered all over his room so every morning he will be reminded of the night they nutted up in clayco! The Bridge will be back!

again, Great Win Drew…p.s it was homecoming where were your fans?

mhc tiger

October 2nd, 2011
6:32 am

@thoroughbred The region title will be decided in Covington tonight between SC and Eastside.

Im glad you think so…Ill be sure to put this clip on his wall too…

great game lost 13-10 but there are no moral victories in football. See you in two weeks!

Thoroughbred

October 2nd, 2011
9:46 am

mhc tiger… You can put anything you want up on a wall if that will makes you feel better. All I hear is excuses on why y’all lost. Maybe Drew was just better?

Your a little naive if you don’t think my Sandy Creek Patriots beating Eastside last night gave them the upper hand for winning the region title. Look at the remaining region games. SC’s toughest game left is stockbridge. Henry Co, Eastside, Drew, and Stockbridge all have 1 loss in region play with tough region games left. Henry Co still has to play E’side, Drew, and Stockbridge. E’side still has Drew, HC, S’bridge. Drew still has Henry Co, and E’side. S’bridge still has Henry Co, E’side, and Sandy Creek. If SC takes it one game at a time they should be fine till playoff time where the games will no doubt get tougher. It is what it is.

It’s funny though you could not wait for stockbridge to be all undefeated and heading into the game with Sandy Creek. You have talked about Sandy Creek so much your on SC’s jock. Good luck with Henry Co and Eastside because it looks like y’all are going to need it.

Carroll

October 3rd, 2011
7:53 am

Stockbridge may not get passed HC, no less Eastside. Eastside is big and they have speed. they are a relentless team. I see Stockbridge dropping at leaast one of those games and Eastside dueling a bit with HC. Drew will not beat Eastside either. Although, I am very happy for their program, they have an uphill battle. If Eastiside regroups, they have no chance on beating Eastside. The games still have to be played. Good luck to all of you in the region.