September 26, 2010 12:26:00 AM
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The remaining schedule became even more important for the Pickens Academy football team Friday night after it lost to Edgewood 21-6 in a Class 2A, Region 1 game.
"They scored all their points in the first half," said Pickens Academy coach John Gartman of Edgewood, last year''s Class 2A runner-up. "We did well to hold them scoreless in the second half. ... We''ve got three region games in a row coming up, and we''ll have to win all three of them to make the playoffs."
The Pirates'' only points came on fourth-and-goal from the 2 by Jacob Acker in the third quarter.
Pickens Academy (2-3, 0-3 Region 1-2A) will go to Montgomery, Ala., on Friday to take on Evangel in the first of three region games. Flint Hill Christian will visit Carrollton on Oct. 8, followed by a road trip to Eufala for the Region 1 wrap-up against Lakeside.
n American Christian 63, Lamar County 7: At Tuscaloosa, ACA''s Austin Grammer threw for 168 yards and five touchdowns in the first-ever meeting for the teams.
Eric Hudson helped Lamar County start quickly, returning the opening kickoff 81 yards for the 7-0 lead.
ACA''s aerial attack took over from there, as Grammer''s 5-yard touchdown toss to Parker Barrineau, who had three on the night, helped tie the score. Grammer hit Kyle Sappington on an 11-yard scoring strike for a 14-7 first-quarter lead.
American Christian then scored 28 points in the second quarter for a 42-7 lead at halftime. Grammer threw touchdown passes of 31 (to Barrineau) and 18 yards (to Hudson Cain), while Aaron Box had a 1-yard scoring run and Tyler Hughes brought back a punt for a 66-yard touchdown.
In the second half, Barrineau caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Grammer, John Major Davis scored from 1 yard, and Austin Mohlenbrock found Addison Moore on a 22-yard scoring strike.
Lamar County (2-3) will play at home Thursday against Sulligent in Region 8-2A action.
"We were a little bit outmanned," South Lamar coach Josh Harper said. "After that first score, we just couldn''t keep up with them."
South Lamar (2-3) put together a 10-play opening drive that ended with Jordan Smith''s 1-yard run.
It was all Winfield from there.
"They were a great challenge," Harper said. "We just didn''t rise up on the scoreboard. But I think this game will make us stronger."
Smith was 8 of 13 for 103 yards, while Blake Mitchell rushed three times for 57 yards. Smith also led the Stallions with eight solo tackles and two assists. Hank Parker added six solos and two assists.
South Lamar will play host to Berry on Friday.