Titan skid continues

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2003

For the third straight week, the West Alabama Prep Titans found themselves on the short end of a lop-sided scoreboard.

This week, and in front of a homecoming crowd in Demopolis, it was the Shelby Academy Raiders who found their way against the Titans, beating them 33-0.

After suffering their third straight loss by a combined score of 121-8, WAP Coach Webb Tutt was dejected during his post-game press conference.

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The Titans struggled to find any momentum on offense, gaining only three 1st-downs during the course of the game.

The running game, normally WAP’s strongest offensive attribute, was stopped cold – 31 yards on 32 carries.

The Raiders, on the other hand, invoked a method of corporal punishment, switching the Titans with a pair of branches from the Elm family tree.

Brothers Ryan and Andrew Elm ran for 107 and 105 yards, respectively, and adding two touchdowns apiece.

After receiving the opening kickoff, Shelby drew first blood by marching downfield in nine plays from their own 37-yard line.

With 8:17 to go in the first quarter, tailback Ryan Elm scored on a nine-yard run.

The PAT failed.

Later in the first, a blocked punt gave Shelby good field position at the WAP 43-yard line. Two plays later, the Shelby tailback found an opening in the Titan defense and raced 37 yards for his second touchdown.

The PAT again failed, but Shelby held a 12-0 lead through the first.

The second quarter was much of the same.

Ryan’s brother, Andrew, led the Raiders downfield for an 11-play drive, and capped the drive with a four-yard run from his quarterback position.

Sean Green added the PAT, and SA led 19-0 with 9:33 showing on the scoreboard.

Andrew Elm wasted little time in scoring again in the second quarter.

With 6:05 remaining, Elm raced 33 yards for the Shelby touchdown.

Green’s PAT was again good, and the Raiders led at halftime 26-0.

Shelby added one score late in the third quarter.

Fullback Jason Stokes scored on a five-yard run with 1:13 remaining.

Green’s kick again found its mark, giving Shelby its final winning margin, 33-0.

The bright spot for the Titans offensively was the running of Devon Norman.

The senior tailback ran for 60 yards on 17 carries.

Defensively, WAP was led by Walton Luckie (10 tackles) and Shayne Hilchey (seven tackles, one interception).

Next week’s contest against the Cornerstone Christian Chargers takes on a greater significance with the loss against Shelby.

Now, the Titans must defeat Cornerstone if they want to finish third in the area.

The game, played at Titan Field, will kickoff at 7:30 next Friday night.