Admirals top Tigers

Published 12:22 am Saturday, October 6, 2012

DAPHNE, Alabama — Bayside bounced back from last week’s loss by handing Straughn its first region setback of 2012, as the Admirals earned a 27-17 victory on Friday night.

Joe Stassen ran for 132 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Admirals (3-3, 3-1).

“We made a few adjustments at halftime, and they worked with the running game opening up,” Bayside coach Phil Lazenby said.

The Tigers held the Admirals for the first time to no touchdowns in the first half this season.

SHS coach Trent Taylor said the tide shifted at the start of the third quarter when his Tigers had all the momentum.

“The whole game swung on the fact that they got an onside kick in the second half. They scored on the next play,” Taylor said. “They did a great job. They shut us down in the second half until late. We couldn’t get anything going on offense.”

However, Taylor said he saw a good defensive effort, noting that his team was the first team to hold the Admirals to no touchdowns in the first half.

“They’re very good in all three facets of the game,” he said. “The sad part of it is that we knew they weren’t a one-sided team.

“Obviously our kids are disappointed and the coaches are disappointed,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got three big games coming up. We’re going to work hard for this Friday.”
Stassen’s two 48-yard rushing scores and Hunter Slater’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Zachary Dyas pushed the Admirials to a 21-0 lead. Devin Scott closed the scoring with a 6-yard run for the Tigers (4-2, 3-1). 
Bayside’s rushing defense allowed the Tigers 142 yards on the ground on 39 carries.

“Their offense is very tricky, and our kids worked hard all week to play assignment football,” Lazenby said. 
Straughn led 10-6 at half time thanks to Chase Short’s 21-yard pass to Taylor Messick.

Short added a 30-yard field goal for the Tigers and Trey Smith connected on field goals of 28 and 41 for Bayside.

Straughn hosts Excel next week for its homecoming.