HARVEST — After beating Lawrence County last week, Athens coach Allen Creasy said his team would not deviate from its practice routine and would work on getting better.
The preparation paid off Friday as Athens beat Sparkman 33-0 to end the season with two straight wins.
For the second week in a row, Johnnie Anderson sparked the team as the starting quarterback. He threw only three passes, but each went for touchdowns. He also rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass for five yards.
“It feels good to help my team win,” Anderson said. “Especially for our seniors.”
Creasy applauded his team on its dedication to improve throughout the season.
“We’ve come out and played hard every week,” Creasy said. “That’s all you can ask of a team.”
Athens (3-7) took the lead quickly when Derek Teague opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Two of Anderson’s touchdown passes came in the second quarter to Shaquille McLin (15 yards) and Quashan Johnson (2 yards). In the third quarter he connected with Jonathan Pruitt for a 23-yard score.
Just before halftime, Athens kicker Adam Harvey boomed a 47-yard field goal. He also went 4-for-4 in extra points.
Sparkman’s best chance to score came in the fourth quarter.
The Senators took possession at Athens’ 42-yard-line and quarterback Blake Chapman ran 37 yards to the Golden Eagles’ 5-yard line on first down.
However, the Senators got no closer.
They followed with an incomplete pass the next play and a grounding penalty on the following snap pushed them back to Athens’ 26. Sparkman (1-9) turned the ball over on downs two plays later.
In addition to earning a shutout, Athens’ defense also forced a safety.
“We improved as the season went on,” Creasy said. “The guys came to play ... (and) came to work. We tried to get better and we did.”
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