Philly starts great with big 49-0 win
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes got their season off to a good start Friday night as they rolled over South Delta 49-0 in prep football action.
The Tornadoes, now 1-0 and ranked No. 4 in the state among Class 3A schools, host Lexington McClain this Friday night at Harpole Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. McClain comes in at 0-1 after losing its opener to Durant, 9-6.
"It was a good first game," Tornadoes Head Coach Teddy Dyess said. "Our defense played extremely well and we made some good plays on offense.
"McClain has some good size on their defensive front and our offense is going to have its hands full this week. They are very athletic and they will be a challenge."
The Tornadoes got on the scoreboard in the first quarter when P.K. Gray caught a 60-yard TD pass from quarterback Romon Gray. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes went up 7-0.
Later in the first quarter, Jacardius Griffin scored his first of three touchdowns on the night, this one coming on a one-yard run. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 14-0.
Philadelphia's offense got rolling in the second quarter as they put up 21 points. Griffin scored twice on runs of four and 20 yards. Then fullback Kenshon Henderson got into the act as he ran in from four yards. Smith was good on all three extra points and the Tornadoes led 35-0 at the half.
The Tornado first team played one series of downs in the third quarter. Griffin connected with Hudson again, this time on a 17-yard TD pass play. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 42-0. The final score of the night came on a nine-yard run by sophomore Dekarian Poe. Smith's kick was good.
The Tornadoes finished the night with 343 total offensive yards. Philadelphia rushed for 181 yards and passed for 162.
Griffin finished the night with 58 rushing yards along with his three touchdowns. Gray completed 8-out-of-14 passing attempts for two touchdowns.
Linebacker Fent Mars led the team in tackles with 13. Junior cornerback Eric McClendon had an interception; Darrell Rosell had six tackles; and. Malek Moore had two quarterback sacks.