A.L. Johnson overcomes halftime deficit

Published 11:52 pm Friday, September 19, 2014

A.L. Johnson overcame a halftime deficit to beat Sunshine 42-22 at home Friday.

A.L. Johnson overcame a halftime deficit to beat Sunshine 42-22 at home Friday.

A.L. Johnson scored four fourth quarter touchdowns to put away a pesky Sunshine squad 42-22 Friday.

The Eagles pulled away with catches from Charles Edwards, one on offense and an interception.

Edwards’ touchdown put A.L. Johnson up 22-16 and the home team never looked backed.

The outcome didn’t look so clear in the first half. Costly turnovers, including the Eagles first snap from scrimmage, gave the Tigers a 16-14 halftime lead.

“We just made a lot of mistakes early and shot ourselves in the foot,” said ALJ head coach Johnney Ford.

It could have been worse. The Eagles scored as time expired off a 15-yard pass from Zynell McGhee to Greg Baker to tighten the score.

The score was Baker’s second of the night — he also scored earlier in the second quarter from nine yards out.

“It was real big in getting our guys up and coming out at halftime,” Ford said. “They showed a lot of character and class.”

After Edwards’ go-ahead score, Samuel Monroe scored and Michael Groom added the final two TDs.

The Eagles head to in county rival Marengo for a Thursday night game next week.

OTHER FINALS

Marengo Academy 48, South Choctaw 13

Marengo 24, Millry 35