Arab football teams scored a couple of relatively easy wins Tuesday night, with only the eighth grade team coming up short.
• Arab 42, Douglas 0
A running clock in the second half was the only thing that put the reins on Arab in an easy win over the Eagles, as the Knights raced out to 35-0 lead at halftime. Hayden O’Reilly ran for two touchdowns and threw another while Spencer Strickland caught touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks.
Reilly scored on runs of 6 and 23 yards in the first quarter, and threw a touchdown pass to Strickland early in the second. Aiden Cox checked in at quarterback with similar results, scoring on a 13-yard run, then connecting with Strickland on a 59-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds remaining in the half.
Drake Brown picked up Arab’s last score on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. Gavin Currier made all six extra points. The JV’s will be at Brewer on Monday.
• Albertville 36, Arab 0
The bright spots were few and far between for the eighth grade team, but coach Jason Guger still has confidence that his players will improve.
“It’s always tough playing bigger schools with bigger kids but that’s just part of it,” he said. “We’re blessed to have two different teams instead of a combined team, so we’re going to battle uphill sometimes.
“That’s no excuse though. We’re going to compete better than we did tonight.”
The eighth grade team next plays at Scottsboro on Sept. 17 (6 p.m. start).
Arab 32, Albertville 8
QB Drew Puccio ran for four touchdowns and threw for another to give the seventh grade team a 2-0 mark to start the season.
Puccio did it all, rushing for 153 yards on 11 carries while scoring on runs of 36, 2, 18 and 18 yards. He also connected with Wyatt Lamar on a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Logan Alldredge also had a good game running the football, including a 65-yard run on Arab’s last scoring drive that started at its own 2-yard line after a defensive stand.
Albertville had a first and goal at Arab’s 4 only to see the Knights hold to keep their momentum. It was a night when almost everything clicked on both sides of the football, after Albertville’s first drive.
“They used a no-huddle offense to move the ball down the field and score pretty quick,” Guger said. “We answered after that, though. We challenged them in the huddle and I thought our defense responded tremendously.
“We played lights out the rest of the game.”
Guger said covering the Aggies was not necessarily easy.
“To go against a fast-paced spread team can work for you or against you, but our guys kept them from gaining yards, causing them to have to give us the ball back on three and outs,” he said. “That allowed us to get in a rhythm offensively.”
The seventh grade team at West Point Thursday (5 p.m. start).