Tornadoes celebrate homecoming victory
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes will be on the road Friday night when they visit Southeast Lauderdale in a Region 5-3A contest.
Philadelphia comes into the game with a 7-0 record following their 38-0 homecoming victory over Newton High School last Friday night. The Tigers, meanwhile, stand at 2-5 after defeating Kemper County 38-12. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"The important thing is that we are 1-0 in the region standings," Philadelphia coach Teddy Dyess said. "So is Southeast Lauderdale and we are looking at this as a big region game. We can't worry about anything else. We have to take care of what Philadelphia does and try to win another region ball game."
Philadelphia finished their game with Newton High School with 424 total yards on the ground. The Tornadoes rushed 42 times for 402 yards and completed 3-of-8 passes for 22 yards. The Tornadoes put up a couple of touchdowns in the first quarter. First, Kenshon Henderson scored on a two-yard run. The kick failed and the Tornadoes led 6-0 with 5:03 left in the first quarter.
Philadelphia came back with another score when tight end Abe Mars caught a two-yard TD reception from quarterback Romon Gray. Gray ran in the two-point conversion and Philadelphia went up 14-0.
Gray scored again during the second quarter, this time as a receiver, as he caught a 15-yard reception from Anthony Triplett for a touchdown. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 21-0.
Jacardius Griffin scored on a five-yard run later in the quarter. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 28-0 at the half.
Kaleb Moore then got into the scoring action in the third quarter as he ran 35-yards for a touchdown. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 35-0 with 5:42 left in the period.
Coach Dyess played his younger players in the fourth quarter. The only points came when Smith booted a 25-yard field goal with 9:30 remaining in the game.
While he was happy with the victory, Dyess was not particularly happy with his team's overall performance.
"We weren't very sharp and that was my fault," Dyess said. "We' fix that in practice this week."
Griffin led the Tornadoes in rushing with 139 yards on 14 carries. Gray had 88 yards on eight carries; Henderson finished with 60 yards on seven carries; and, Moore had 52 yards on two carries.
Fent Mars was the leading tackler with seven while Malek Moore and Anthony Triplett both had four. Mars and Triplett both recovered a fumble.