UNION SPRINGS- Montgomery Academy’s Lawson Pemberton is feeling better. Friday night he was feeling exceptionally good. In only his second game back after being sidelined six weeks due to a leg injury and an auto accident, Pemberton dashed 24 yards for a touchdown and picked off a Bullock County pass in the Eagles convincing 57-28 region victory. The Eagles accumulated 522 yards in total offense.

“Oh I’m definitely feeling better, especially now. This was very exciting tonight and a big win for us,” Pemberton said. “We’ve come a long way after the bad start we had. We finally got it together and our practices changed. That has developed a different attitude and got our minds on business.” The Eagles have won six straight and are playoff bound after beginning the season with a 1-3 record.

Pemberton may not have been at practices all the weeks he was injured but he saw the change in the team. Teammate Brian Wilson echoed Pemberton’s thoughts. “Our practices are more serious. They have been getting better and better. Right now we are practicing at a very high tempo,” Wilson explained. “It’s made all the difference in the world.”

MA has been consistent on offense and demonstrates a good mixture of run and pass. At the center of the offense is senior quarterback Trey Lindsey, who has thrown for nearly a half mile in his last three games. Lindsey was on target against Bullock County completing 16 of 27 passes for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns. His favorite receiver throughout high school is Nate Meacham, who had a busy night with 8 receptions for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Meacham also added 52 yards on a couple of punt returns. William Robertson caught a handful of passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Receiver Carter Wallis caught 4 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to Pemberton’s carries, Jon Clarke Woodward had 13 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. Eric Doh had 10 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson led the MA defense with 11 tackles, one forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries. Robertson also chipped in 13 tackles. Mac Main, Cam Holmes and Jack Cleary also recovered fumbles for the Eagles.

The game was mostly free of penalties. There was only one major penalty in the game, which went against the Eagles for pass interference in the second half.

The win moved MA to 7-3 on the season. “We have high expectations of one another and yes, our practices and approach have improved significantly. But I think we are letting our natural offense do what it is meant to do and it is working,” MA head coach Gary Nelson said of his team. “The other big thing for us is our defense. We are totally different than early in the year. There is no doubt that we are playing a much more physical style game.”

The high flying Eagles will be required to travel in the first round of the playoffs and head near the Florida line to play Flomaton on November 9.

A more detailed report will be in next week's printed edition of The Montgomery Independent

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