Triple A Academy didn’t take the field at Garrett-Harrison Stadium until 10 minutes before kickoff Friday night.
It should have stayed on the bus.
Central High School celebrated homecoming by making the team from Dallas, Texas regret their 11-hour long trip to Alabama with a 49-0 win.
Triple A Academy football program is a product of a merger between Triple A Academy and Deion Sanders’ former charter school Prime Prep. Sanders was on the sidelines Friday helping coach the offense.
“It was the first time in my two years here that we held the opposing team to zero points,” Central coach Jamey DuBose said. “I was pleased with the effort.”
After fumbling the snap on their first play from scrimmage, the Stallions might have sensed they were in for a long night. Their center had problems all game getting the ball cleanly to quarterback Kaleb Johnson.
It proved to be a major obstacle to overcome thanks to Central’s aggressive front seven.
In the first quarter, the Red Devils had four tackles for a loss, and a sack while holding Triple A Academy to negative 12 yards.
When the Stallions were backed up at on their own 2-yard line, they snapped the ball out of the end zone for a safety.
DuBose said the defense’s success came from the coaching staff’s film sessions earlier in the week.
“We had a good read on them,” DuBose said. “Our coaches do a great job studying film, and with that we kind of had an idea of run and pass. They had some keys, and tendencies that they gave it away up front. With our four guys, Dru Daniels, Walter Pritchett, Rontrell Turner and J’Lan Carson, when they have a read what’s coming they are pretty hard to stop. They were ready to turn loose and go.”
Central quarterback Quan Weaver benefited from short fields, and orchestrated three quick scoring drives on his team’s first three possessions. Weaver had success moving the ball down field with quick bubble screens.
The Red Devils first touchdown came on an 18-yard screen pass down Triple A’s sideline from Weaver to Devonte Miles. Jaxton Carson scored later in the quarter on a 1-yard run, and Ravaughn Turner scored from 19-yards out to make it 22-0.
“We took over real bad, I didn’t know it was going to go like that to be honest with you,” sophomore wide receiver Justyn Ross said.
Despite Central coach DuBose starting to rotate in his backups in the second quarter, the lead ballooned to 43-0 by halftime.
Carson scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run early in the quarter, backup quarterback Justin Glenn scored on a 13-yard run and the defense forced a second safety.
Central had multiple defensive lineman cause the safety by blowing up a rushing attempt before Johnson could hand the ball off to his running back Ja’Quan Sheals.
Players from both teams fought for the ball as it was knocked backwards into Triple A’s end zone where the Stallions recovered.
On the ensuing kickoff, Central wide receiver Keiondre James brought the kick back 60-plus yards for a touchdown.
Triple A Academy had three first downs in the first half, and one of them was on a facemask penalty. It wasn’t until there was 2:34 left in the half that Sheals gave his team a first down on a play from positive yardage.
A scary moment came on Central’s first drive of the third quarter when Triple A defensive end Jalen Reed knocked Glenn down in the backfield with a blow to the head.
After Glenn let go an incomplete pass down field, Reed led with his helmet to knock the quarterback down. The hit drew an immediate flag, and Reed was ejected for targeting.
Glenn stayed down on the field, and was attended to by trainers. He eventually walked off under his own power.
“We are checking him out (for a concussion),” DuBose said, of Glenn. “He knew where he was, and what was going on, but you know our medical staff anytime they it’s dealing with anything like, we are going to get him checked out, and make sure everything is good.”
The drive ended with third string quarterback AJ Horton hitting Devin Pittman for a 10-yard touchdown
Central’s lopsided win capped off an exciting week for the program.
Defensive back John Broussard was named to the Under Armour All-American game. On Tuesday, the Auburn commit was presented with a jersey for the game at Central.
On Friday, Weaver committed to Middle Tennessee St. from a top three that included Southern Mississippi and Memphis.
Weaver came into the season as Central’s top wide receiving threat, but an injury to the Red Devils’ starting quarterback forced him to switch positions. His playtime time was mostly limited to the first quarter, and he finished the game 7 of 8 for 68 yards with a touchdown, and one carry for 4 yards.
Friday at Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Triple A 0 0 0 0
Central 22 21 6 0
C - Devonte Miles 18 pass from Quan Weaver (Emilio Varelu kick failed), 11:20
C – Jaxton Carson 1 run (Varelu kick), 7:45
C – Safety (team), 6:23
C – Ravaughn Turner 19 run (Varelu kick), 4:40
C – Carson 2 run (2-point conversion failed), 10:15
C – Safety (team), 8:26
C – Keiondre James 62 kick (Varelu kick), 8:10
C – Justin Glenn 12 run (Eric Powell kick failed), 4:25
C – Devin Pittman 18 pass from AJ Horton (Powell kick failed), 7:00