Red Level closes season

Published 12:03 am Friday, November 1, 2013

Red Level’s Jonathan Lee (10) struggles for more yards Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Red Level’s Jonathan Lee (10) struggles for more yards Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Red Level put a close to its 2013 season on Thursday night, losing 28-0 to Prattville Christian Academy at Bobby Dye Field.

The Tigers put together a good first few drives on offense in the first half, but were held back due to penalties and turnovers. RLS threw two interceptions during the game and gave up a ball on the ground during a kick off return.

For the game, RLS had 157 yards in penalties, which was 16 more yards than it had on offense for the night.

With this loss, RLS finishes the season 0-10. The Tigers have experienced back-to-back winless seasons and are on a 26-game losing streak.

In spite of the loss, RLS head football coach David Godwin said the boys showed a lot of heart on the gridiron.

“I’m proud of the effort that we showed, not only (Thursday night), but all year,” Godwin said. “We never quit. There is a lot to be said about the character of young men that go through adversity and will fight to the end.

“I’m proud of our guys for doing that,” he said.

After a scoreless first quarter, PCA put its first points on the board with 11:31 left in the second quarter.

Steven Barnard, who scored the first three touchdowns for the Panthers, ran the ball in from the RLS 3 to put his team ahead 6-0 after a blocked extra point try.

Barnard later added his second TD of the game on a 18-yard scamper with 4:39 left in the first half. Everett Spencer ran the 2-point conversion in and the Panthers held a 14-0 lead at the break.

The Tigers could’ve put some points on the board in the third quarter with less than two minutes to go after the Panthers set up for a 36-yard field goal try.

Tray Atkins picked up the blocked ball and ran it back about 80 yards, but a blocking in the back penalty negated the good try.

Barnard scored his final TD with 4:56 to go in the fourth quarter to put the game away for RLS.

PCA’s last TD came after Jonathan Lee, who led RLS with 96 yards on 19 carries, fumbled the ball on the kick off return. The Panthers drove the short distance, where Tyler Jorgensen punched it in from the 1 with 19.6 left in the game.

Penalties and turnovers at the wrong time was the story of the season, Godwin said.

“That’s something we’ll have to work on going into next year, which starts Monday for us,” he said.