|EMCA playoff hopes grow dimmer|
|Written by News Desk|
|Saturday, 05 October 2013 06:11|
EMCA’s Diontae Chapman (white uniform) catches a 60 yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard after falling behind 21-0.
Photo: Todd Self
By ART PARKER
The first 6 minutes of EMCA's game with Coosa Valley last week may turn out to be the 6 minutes that cost the Wildcats a playoff berth. Playing in Harpersville, EMCA turned the ball over on downs due to a coaching error and Coosa Valley scored quickly. EMCA was then intercepted and Coosa Valley scored quickly. And then Coosa Valley scored quickly, again. And about the time first quarter reached the midway point EMCA was behind 21-0.
That's not the way to get to the post-season. But give EMCA credit, they didn't go down without a fight. The Wildcats tried to mount a comeback, but it wasn't meant to be as EMCA dropped another region contest 41-28.
EMCA scored before the end of the first quarter when Chandler Warren threw 60 yards to Diontae Chapman. Coosa Valley booted a 47 yard field goal before the half to make the score 24-7 at intermission.
In the second half David Baker scored for EMCA on a 3 yard run and Warren found pay dirt from a yard out. Also, Sean O'Brien scored on a 12 yard run.
But it wasn't enough.
"Coosa is a real big team and they run an offense that controls the ball. You give a team like that a 21 point lead and it is tough to come back and catch them," EMCA assistant coach Greg Parker said. "We started making up ground late when those big guys were getting tired, but we were just too far behind." EMCA was able to put together some big plays. Coosa Valley refused to let EMCA establish a successful running game. The Wildcats went to the air but could not complete enough passes.
EMCA will host Crenshaw Academy in a region game at home Thursday (October 3). The Wildcats will face Crenshaw, Edgewood and Evangel Christian in their last 3 region games of the season and must win at least 2 of those games to have a chance at the playoffs. Crenshaw is 2-3 for the season. Common opponents between EMCA and Crenshaw thus far have been Autauga Academy (Autauga defeated Crenshaw 47-12 and defeated EMCA 42-28) and Coosa Valley (Coosa defeated Crenshaw 31-8 and defeated EMCA 41-28). "I'm proud of our guys for refusing to give in after being down by 21 points to Coosa. They could have quit but they kept giving 100%," EMCA head coach Brad Porter said. "It's that kind of attitude, if we can keep it, that will help us reach our goal of making the playoffs." EMCA now stands at 1-4 in 2013.
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