Cubs crushed: Top-ranked Leeds rolls to shutout of Alexandria
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Alexandria's Trey Shaw tries to run down Leed's Dedrick Forsythe on Friday. Alexandria lost 36-0. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star
Alexandria's Trey Shaw tries to run down Leed's Dedrick Forsythe on Friday. Alexandria lost 36-0. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star
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ALEXANDRIA — Leeds came into Alexandria on Friday with a huge edge in athletes, and Class 3A's No. 1 team didn't need any help.

The Green Wave got help early in the way of hospitable field position, got off to a two-touchdown lead and rolled, 38-0, in Lou Scales Stadium.

"There wasn't much we could do," said defensive back Trey Shaw, Alexandria's top performer with two interceptions. "They were just good."

And lucky.

Alexandria (0-1), a perennial 4A playoff team but unranked in preseason, started off in a hole. A punt spotted Alexandria on it's 7-yard line, and Javier Mitchell tackled Alexandria quarterback Justin Bowen for a safety at 7:12 of the first quarter.

The Green Wave started its ensuing possession at its 48-yard line, and Dedrick Forsythe's 40-yard catch and run on a shovel pass set up Dantrell Purifoy's 10-yard touchdown run.

Keeton Glass's extra point made it 9-0.

A fumbled kickoff doomed Alexandria to start its next possession at its 3. After three plays and a 25-yard punt, Leeds set up at Alexandria's 30.

Four plays later, Ladarius Rogers rambled in from 14 yards out, and Glass's kick made it 17-0.

"We had a couple of breaks go our way early with the safety and getting great field position," Leeds coach Keith Etheredge said. "Our guys played pretty fast (Friday), too."

Leeds' defense crowded its athletes around the line of scrimmage, placing nine players in the box most of the night. Alexandria struggled to block them and finished with 147 total yards — 117 in the second half.

On offense, Purifoy and quarterback Shane McGinnis combined for 228 yards rushing, and Forsythe added 74.

Purifoy had the biggest night, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The short-and-stocky runner also bowled a handful of Alexandria defenders at the goal line to complete a 45-yard touchdown run with 5:27 left in the game.

Forsythe added a 22-yard touchdown run with 2:50 left in the third quarter, and Rogers added a 3-yard touchdown run.

Leeds gained 325 of its 375 yards on the ground, and the Green Wave's toughest competition was itself. It had 110 yards on 11 penalties and two turnovers.

"They were as good as everybody says," Alexandria coach Frank Tucker said. "I didn't see hardly any weaknesses in their team.

"We have about seven guys on both sides of the ball who are starting for the first time, and there's no way we can simulate that in practice."

Dar Harper led Alexandria with 55 yards on 15 carries.

The Valley Cubs will begin Class 4A, Region 6 play next week at Oneonta.

"Hopefully," Tucker said, "getting a game under our belt will help us next week."

Joe Medley is The Star's sports columnist. He can be reached at 235-3576 or jmedley@annistonstar.com.
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