E.A. Sports Today

Indians seeing results

Ohatchee gets tangible proof things are moving in the right direction, win a second game for first season since 2012

Taylor Eubanks (14) and Austin Tucker led Ohatchee to its second win of the season Friday night. (Photo by Prime Time Prepz/www.primetimeprepz.com)

Taylor Eubanks (14) and Austin Tucker led Ohatchee to its second win of the season Friday night. (Photo by Prime Time Prepz/www.primetimeprepz.com)

By East Alabama Sports Today

ASHVILLE – All season long the Ohatchee coaching staff has been telling their players they are better than they were a year ago.

They could see the progress, they were playing better, but they hadn’t gotten any real results to show for it. Friday night, they did.

Austin Tucker continued his assault on opposing defenses, rushing for 322 yards and five touchdowns and the Indians swamped Ashville in the fourth quarter on the way to a 42-20 victory.

It was their second victory of the season, doubling their win output of a year ago. The Indians hadn’t won two games in a season since 2012 and hadn’t won twice this early in a season 2011.

“I’m just real proud of their effort tonight,” Indians coach Scott Martin said. “It’s tough to practice when you get caught in the same old same old and we hadn’t won many games here.

“Here we are three weeks in and pretty much where we were last year. You make the kids know you’re better than you were last year but at some point things have got to go your way and you win games. I thought our kids were extremely excited and I’m extremely excited for them.

“They put in a lot of hard work since last year. For them to get a good solid win tonight, I’m ready proud. We were able to come out and make a statement. They did a great job.”

Tucker carried 37 times as the Indians rushed for 463 yards as a team. He scored on runs of 3, 31, 18, 10 and 46 yards. Jesse Sellers scored the Indians’ other touchdown.

“Austin has been able to put some good games back to back even against good football teams,” Martin said. “Tonight I had no idea how many yards he gained; I was shocked when they said it was over 300.

“My whole thing is controlling the clock, controlling the ball; I’m happy with 4- and 5-yard gains. I didn’t realize he carried it 37 times; that’s a lot of runs for anybody, but he’s having a great year.

“Out of those 322 yards, it wouldn’t surprise me if over 200 were after contact. He’s bigger and stronger than he was last year and his speed is deceptive. He’s just a hard guy to tackle.”

Taylor Eubanks rushed for 79 yards, Blayde Crump rushed for 38 yards and Sellers rushed for 24. Chase Widgeon had six tackles and an interception. Crump, Sellers, Tucker and Micah Lee had four tackles each.

OHATCHEE 42, ASHVILLE 20

Ohatchee 7 7 7 21 — 42
Ashville 0 8 6 6 — 20

O – Austin Tucker 3 run (Dakota Wise kick), 8:33 1Q
A – Ryan Whisenhunt 10 pass from Judd Mundy (Joseph Bearden pass from Hunter Huckbay), 9:48 2Q
O – Tucker 31 run (Wise kick), 6:53 2Q
O – Tucker 18 run (Wise kick), 9:31 3Q
A – Mundy 1 run (kick failed), 2:15 3Q
O – Tucker 10 run (Wise kick), 9:40 4Q
O – Tucker 46 run (Wise kick), 6:44 4Q
A – Huckbay 10 pass from Mundy (kick failed), 4:57 4Q
O – Jesse Sellers 2 run (Wise kick), 1:43 4Q

Category Oha Ash
First downs 20 17
Rush yds 463 97
CAI 0-2-0 18-29-1
Yards 0 232
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-3
Punts-avg 1-30 2-19
Pen-yds 6-65 7-40



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