After a disappointing overtime loss to Eufaula at home the previous week, the Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles traveled to Rehobeth on Friday, Sept. 15 where they were no match for the home team in a 28-8 loss.
The Golden Eagles remained winless in Class 5A, Region 2 play at 0-2 while dropping to 1-2 overall. Rehobeth improved to 2-0 in the region and 3-1 in all games.
BTW returns home this Friday, Sept. 21 to host Charles Henderson of Troy for homecoming. The Trojans are 1-1 in the region and 2-2 overall. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Rehobeth wasted little time in taking a 7-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter before the Golden Eagles used a 22-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion run by Brian Mose to take an 8-7 lead at the half.
With touchdown passes of 43, 60 and 28 yards in the third quarter, Rehobeth put the game away.
“Overall, we just weren’t ready to play and just came out flat form the beginning of the game. We weren't focused and the score indicated it,” said BTW Coach Maurice Heard.
“Offensively, we just never got on track from the very first series. Rehoboth had a good game plan and played a lot of people in the box to stop our run game. We had some receivers open in the pass game, but missed several guys open and weren’t able to capitalize. Although we were out of sync we managed to put a drive together at the end of the first half to score and take an 8-7 lead into halftime.
“On our first drive after halftime, we had a bad snap that resulted in a costly fumble. We had some opportunities after that, but we just weren't able to capitalize. I can't blame it on just having two days of practice last week and the bus ride. We just didn't show up ready to play. Good teams have to find a way to win even when things aren't going well.”
BTW picked up 244 yards of total offense with 109 passing and 135 on the ground. Rehobeth gained 262 in the air with the four TD passes and added 81 rushing for a total offense of 343 yards. The fumble by BTW on the opening drive of the second half was the game’s only turnover.
Dyrese Hubbard led BTW rushers with 45 yards on five carries as he was limited by a leg injury he suffered in the loss to Eufaula the week before. Mose finished with 35 yards on nine attempts while quarterback Joseph Graham added 25 yards on nine carries.
Graham connected on seven of 19 pass attempts for 109 yards. Joe Phillips III caught three passes for 52 yards. Jermarieon Harris added three receptions for 22 yards. Kendal Moore picked up 15 yards on his only catch.
“Defensively, we played well against the run but just the opposite against the pass. We gave up four touchdown passes but gave up only 80 yards on the ground. We didn't play our technique right it cost us in the secondary. Also, our pass rush contributed to the touchdown passes as well. We were in position to make sacks at times but didn’t make the play,” Heard pointed out.
“I told them after warmups, I had a feeling they were going to throw the ball, but we had worked all week with the secondary and thought we were prepared. Obviously, we were not and have to go back and work more extensively on our secondary.”
Phillips led BTW defenders with nine tackles. Amari Murray, Aubrey Davis and Daniel Bettis added six tackles each. Tyran Burnside finished with five stops while Cephas Holmes and Mose added four tackles each.
“We’re disappointed after playing well last week, it seems we played one of our worst games this week. We have to get back focused and be consistent for the rest of the season,” Heard commented.
“We have to get ready for a tough Charles Henderson team as we prepare for homecoming week.”