American Christian Academy (4-0) did not disappoint its home crowd; in fact, the Patriots couldn’t even if they tried. It was one of the most lopsided games of the season for Alabama high school football when ACA thrashed Montevallo (3-2) 84-30.

Senior running back Scooter Graham started things off for the Patriots with a 15-yard touchdown run. Then again, following a Montevallo fumble on the kickoff and three plays later the Patriots scored, ACA led 13-0.

Every time the Bulldogs scored, the Patriots did the same. Following Montevallo’s first touchdown, ACA’s senior quarterback Lawson Pratt ran a 43-yard keeper. He also scored the two-point conversion.

ACA scored a touchdown on eight of nine drives, forced two Montevallo fumbles on the kickoff and secured an interception with 21 seconds remaining in the first half.

To think the Patriots would slow down, they didn’t. They only got better. The Patriots led the Bulldogs 53-16 to start the second half. At which time, the game was already out of reach. It wasn’t until 11:06 remaining in the fourth quarter that head coach Chris Smelley put the backup quarterback in. He would lead the Patriots to two more touchdowns before the final whistle.

ACA scored 13 touchdowns on 16 drives. They made four extra points, missed seven including one blocked and converted one two-point conversion. On the defensive side of the ball, the Patriots went four-of-four stopping the Bulldogs on fourth down attempts. For being such a defensive-minded team, its offense matched its play.

The Patriots had big plays of 25, 29, 43, and 55 yards, a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Kamari Lassiter for 70 yards and a 78-yard run on the first play of the second half by Graham. The Patriots finished with 699 yards of total offense against a team that made the playoffs a year ago.

This is a team that is sitting at No. 2 right now, but come playoff time can make a statement.

ACA will travel to Anniston next week, while Montevallo will travel to West Blocton. Both games are slated for next Friday at 7 p.m.

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