Southern Aca. brings home 4th championship

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 17, 2007

TROY &8212; Southern Academy head coach Shaun Bonds said coming into Friday night&8217;s Alabama Independent School Association playoff game he was more concerned with facing a team his group has already beaten with Meadowview Christian than he would be if his team was playing an untested opponent.

And for the first 35 seconds it looked like the Trojans were looking to go tit-for-tat offensively with the Cougars. The Meadowview group forced and recovered a fumble from Jason Fondren on the opening kickoff setting up on the Cougar&8217;s 31.

The Trojans then went four and out, threatening the end zone once on a pass broken up by Fondren. With 11:25 in the first quarter, Southern Academy had the ball on their own 31 and the game, which Southern won 48-0, was pretty much over.

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The Cougars marched 69 yards on 14 plays. The Meadowview defense put up a hard fought effort in the drive, holding Southern offense to two fourth downs but conversions on both lead the drive to its end, in an eventual 25-yard pass from John Kynard to Fondren with 3:54 in the first quarter.

The Cougars opened up in the second quarter &8212; scoring off a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Kynard with 9:18 to go in the half, a 30-yard fumble recovery and return for a touchdown from Fondren 24 seconds later and another Kynard keeper from a yard out on a two-play drive starting from four yards out courtesy of a Meadowview punt blocked by Thomas Weeks making it 28-0 going into the half.

The Cougars scored 14 in the third quarter, opening up with a 68-yard pass to Fondren from Kynard with 5:19 in the half and ending the quarter with a 30-yard rush from Chad Milner with 2:46 to go. In the fourth quarter, the Cougars leading scorer and No. 3 scorer in AISA Matt Boiler final made his way to the end zone to finish off scoring for the game with a 33-yard run.

The Cougars&8217; defense allowed Meadowview&8217;s offense only 77 yards, while picking off three interceptions and scoping up a fumble (all by Fondren). Bouler lead the defense in tackles with five and runner up Matt Ballard, with four, lead the team in sacks with one and tied for tackles for a loss with two.

Bouler also lead rushing on the offensive side of the ball, running 20 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Through the air it was all toss and catch between Kynard and Fondren, with five completions on nine attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown.