Munford beats Anniston to clinch unbeaten region mark
by Star staff
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MUNFORD — Munford polished off an unbeaten region record for the first time since 1992 with a 55-21 win over Anniston.

Munford is 8-1 overall and 7-0 in Class 4A, Region 5.

“We are really excited about it,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “We played one of our better games tonight with the first group. ...

“We are excited about where we are. I understand, but I hope they understand that we have long way to go, and we have to get better. We still have to do some things better. We are not up to our potential.”

The Lions’ Monteo Garrett completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 76 yards on the ground with a touchdown.

The visiting Bulldogs (5-4, 3-4) were eliminated from the state playoffs with the loss.

“It was a tough game; they have a good team,” Anniston head coach Eddie Bullock said. “They came and executed better than we did and the score showed.”

The Lions got on the board on their first possession of the game. Garrett found Earl Moss for a 50-yard completion to the Anniston 31. Garrett capped the drive a few plays later with a 26-yard touchdown run. Brian Strickland’s first of seven extra points was good to make it 7-0 with 10:38 left in the first quarter.

After the Lions defense made an early stand, Tavon Lawson returned a punt 36 yards to the Anniston 24 yard line.

On the first play of the drive, Rocky Smith followed his block for a 24- yard touchdown to give the Lions a 14-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first quarter.

Donterious McGhee picked off a pass on the Bulldogs’ next possession to give Munford the football at its own 40. Garrett found James Jenkins for a 29-yard gain to the Anniston 31. Runs of 9, 7 and 7 yards by Charles Smith, Rocky Smith and CJ Chapman set up first-and-goal at the 10 yard line. Lawson scored from 4 yards out to increase Munford’s lead to 21-0 with 1:49 left in the opening quarter.

“We played well,” Wagnon said. “We did a lot of good things on offense and defense. We got some pretty good playmakers and they made plays in the first half.”

From there, Munford built a 49-7 lead.

For Anniston, Demarcus Thomas returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown in the first half.

Anniston’s Qunitavious Dobbins and Jermaine Ackles each rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“We had too many turnovers, that kind of thing’s been happening to us all year,” Bullock said. “When we played well and didn’t make turnovers, we did fine.”
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