MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Lee-Montgomery Generals used a balanced offense and a stingy defense to get a 33-7 win over Valley in a Class 6A, Region 2 contest at the Cramton Bowl on Thursday on Senior night. Running backs Reggie Davis rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown while Brian Thomas rushed for 123 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown to roll past Valley. Both running backs only played a half.
Lee-Montgomery (6-3, 5-2) scored the first 33 points of the game while playing mostly reserves in the second half. "We wanted to come out and execute our game plan and I think we did that tonight," said Generals Head coach Eric Hudson. "There are still things that we need to improve on but I like the effort of our players. I think we were better in the pass game and I was happy to see that we played well for four quarters."
Lee-Montgomery scored in the first quarter when Davis raced down the right side of the field and into the end zone on a 28-yard touchdown run. With 9:12 left in the first quarter, Lee-Montgomery led 7-0. Valley had one of their best drives on the night when on a 4th down, the Rams pulled a fake punt and Dalton Dunn found Tino Linson in the middle of the field for a big gain down at the Generals 5-yard line. With first and goal at the five, the Generals defense stopped the Rams offense and Lee-Montgomery continued with their 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
With 11:30 left in the second quarter, Davis scored on a 30-yard touchdown run up the middle. The Generals offensive line provided a hole and Davis ripped right through it untouched for a Generals touchdown. With the score, Lee-Montgomery led 14-0. Davis night was pretty much done for the game. "This means everything wanting to play here as a kid and I'm here now," said Davis. "I have to lead my team to the ship. The offensive line has been working hard and we are all clicking together going into the playoffs. This gives us confidence in going into our next game." He finished the game with 88 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. For the season, Davis has 1,613 yards on 183 carries and 13 touchdowns.
Valley started moving the ball with Will Kennedy found Christopher Clark on a 15-yard pass play, but again the Generals defense rose up and forced another Rams punt. After the punt, Brian Thomas dashed 83-yards for a touchdown run with 4:59 left in the first half. WIth the score, Lee-Montgomery led 21-0. The Generals defense forced another punt with less than two minutes to go before halftime and quarterback Jakel Williams hit Christopher Dillihay on a long 50-yard pass play to put the Generals offense deep into Rams territory. Thomas hammered down two big runs to the two yard line then with :19 seconds left in the half, Williams runs into the end zone for the score. With the touchdown, the Generals led 27-0. Thomas finished the game with 123 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.
With only :09 seconds left in the half, Josh Heath ripped off a long run to put the Rams around midfield with one last gasp in the half. On the next play, Zykal Lewis picked off the Rams pass and Lee-Montgomery took the 27-0 lead into halftime. "Great win and we have great momentum going into the playoffs," said Generals safety Middleton. "Emotion and a great day here in the bowl. All of us seniors as a brotherhood and we came into together in ninth grade. We have to play physical football and play Lee football and run the ball down the field."
To start the second half, the Generals kicked off and safety Will Middleton recovered the short kick to give Lee-Montgomery the ball back with good field position. With 10:33 left in the third quarter, Williams hit Lagreer Surles on a 30-yard touchdown pass play for the Generals. With the score, Lee-Montgomery led 33-0. Midway through the third quarter, Heath scored on a long run for the Rams to get Valley on the scoreboard. With the score, Lee-Montgomery still led 33-7.
For Lee-Montgomery, Williams completed 6-of-8 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown. Dillihay had 4 receptions for 69 yards. Linebacker Austin Yelder had 8 tackles Tyler Franklin and Trashad Lewis had seven tackles and Will Middleton had six tackles and the fumble recovery for the Generals.