The UTV 44 Friday Night Rivals rolled into week two with the 6A Region 1 showdown between neighboring schools, the Spanish Fort Toros and the Daphne Trojans. Both teams were coming off week one non-region losses and neither wanted to start the season off with consecutive losses.
The Trojans would get on the board first early in the 2nd quarter. Junior quarterback Trent Battles led a quick drive going 96 yards in less than a minute. The big play of the drive was when Battles connected with senior receiver Ja’Quan Myles with a 42-yard touchdown receptions. The PAT was good and Daphne took a 7-0 lead.
Daphne would have another long drive to get them on the board. Myles caught a 12-yard reception early in the drive but then Battle did the rest. First, he ripped off a 66-yard run to get the Trojans in the Spanish Fort red zone. Then he capped the drive when he ran in for a 9-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and now Daphne extended their lead 14-0 half way through the 2nd quarter.
Spanish Fort’s offense could not get any momentum going in the 1st half and went into the locker room at halftime down 14-0.
Daphne would get the ball to start the 2nd half and they didn’t take long to get on the board again. Myles would rush the ball 25 yards down the field on an end around hand off from Battle. Then Battle would get his second touchdown of the night when he ran in from eight yards out. The PAT was good and now Daphne had a 21-0 lead early in the 3rd quarter.
Late in the 3rd quarter the Toros offense found a spark in sophomore running back Johnny Morris. He would cap a 7-play drive that went 57 yards when he ran into the end zone from 18 yards out. The PAT was good and now Spanish Fort was down 21-7 with less than two minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Toros stopped the Daphne offense and forced them to punt, but on the punt senior Kris Abrams-Draine fumbled the punt and Daphne’s junior safety Midnight Stewart recovered the ball. Nine plays and 65 yards later Battle connected with junior receiver Malik McClain with an 11-yard touchdown pass, Battle’s third overall touchdown on the night. The PAT was good and Daphne once again extended their lead 27-7 over the Toros.
Daphne wasn’t finished there just yet. They would get the ball one more time late in the game when Battle would drive his offense 78 yards and taking over five minutes off the game clock. Sophomore Tyler Bradley would get into the end zone from 2 yards out. The PAT was good and Daphne now had a 35-7 lead.
The Toros fall to 0-2 on the early season and will look to regroup as they have an additional bye week coming up as their game scheduled at Moss Point, MS was canceled.
The 35-7 victory was just Daphne’s second win over the Toros, the last being in 2014. It was head coach Kenny King’s first win over Spanish Fort. The Trojans won’t have much time to celebrate as they face another tough region foe as they will prepare to travel to take on the number one team in 6A, the undefeated Saraland Spartans who are coming off a 42-7 victory over B.C. Rain.
Tune in this Friday for the UTV44 Friday Night Rivals as we head to E.E. Delaney Stadium for the 6A Region 1 rivalry game between the Baldwin County Tigers and the St. Paul’s Saints, kick off will be 7PM on UTV44.