By Jonathan Deal
Athens jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 49-7 5A Region 8 victory over West Point Friday.
Athens quarterback Stevie Farmer got into a rhythm early, scoring on passing plays of 29, 24 and 38 yards in the first half.
The big plays proved too much for West Point to overcome, as the Warriors couldn’t string enough positive plays together to get points until it was too late.
West Point enjoyed some success with its short passing game in the first half, but the Athens defense proved too much for the Warriors to handle.
“Our offense is a mixture of outside and inside runs,” said West Point senior Tristan Dubberly. “The screens really worked for us. I felt like we were going to score and get back in the game (in the second quarter).”
West Point made it all the way to the 5-yard line just before the half, but fell short when Bryant Farley’s pass fell incomplete with 10 seconds remaining till halftime.
The Warriors finally did score in the fourth quarter from a 6-yard Austin Young run. The score snapped a 15-quarter scoreless streak from Athens, dating back to last season.
Farley completed 12 of 20 pass attempts for 136 yards and one interception.
Athens jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead after quarterback Stevie Farmer connected with Tarik Malone on a 29-yard score and later on a 24-yard pass across the middle to Harper Ward as time expired in the quarter.
Derek’s Teague’s interception in the second quarter led to a Shaun Johnson 5-yard touchdown run before Teague caught a ball at the line of scrimmage and scampered down the sideline for another first half score.
Farmer added another touchdown to Shaquille McLin from six yards out before Teague brought the crowd to its feet once more with his punt return touchdown.
West Point finished with 156 yards of total offense compared to 317 for Athens.