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Flashes fell short in a close game against East Rankin



St Aloysius football team
St. Aloysius football team: Photo by Keith Phillips

St. Aloysius High School football team fell short in a close 22-17 loss to East Rankin on Friday.

“I feel they gave their best effort they’ve given all year and defense played great from beginning to end,” St. Aloysius head coach Bubba Nettles said. I challenged the O-line at halftime and they responded well and we had an excellent second half.”

A short amount of practices this week didn’t stop the Flashes from fighting to the very end of the battle.

St. Al made a few mistakes at the beginning of the game but good defense kept the score at 9-0 at halftime.

Coming out of halftime, East Rankin scored a touchdown just before the Flashes’ offense began to dominate. Quarterback Carson Smith was able to hit multiple receivers such as Walt Andrews and Sadler Lambiotte until finding Damien Reeves for the touchdown. He was also able to find Robert Lee for a 23 yard score late in the game.

East Rankin would capitalize off of the Flashes’ defensive mistakes and grab another late score to stay on top.

Defensively, Dalton Windham caught an interception, Thompson Fortenberry and Caleb Tucker both had a sack. Clark Hobson also had two sacks.

Smith completed 10 of 16 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Reeves had 85 receiving yards and a touchdown while Lee had 29 yards and a touchdown from three catches. Walt Andrews had three catches for 26 yards and Lambiotte caught a big pass in double coverage as he ended the night with 53 receiving yards.

Fortenberry rushed for 55 yards and John Ellis Montgomery knocked down a huge 46-yard field goal.

The Flashes will travel to play TriCounty on Friday.

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