ATTALLA — Defense was the story of the night at Jim Glover Stadium as DeRickey Wright led Etowah to a 36-0 win over Sardis on Friday night.

The junior scored four touchdowns for the Blue Devils, which may not seem to out of the ordinary for a quarterback. But three of the scores came on the defensive side for Wright, as he returned two interceptions and a fumble for touchdowns.

Wright’s first pick came on the first play from scrimmage as he picked off Jay Owens and ran it back 34 yards for six points. The extra point was no good, but Etowah held a 6-0 advantage just 22 seconds into the game.

His next score was a fumble he picked up and returned 50 yards for a touchdown to put the Blue Devils up 12-0 with 7:31 left in the first quarter (extra point was unsuccessful).

Wright ended his three-touchdown first half with a 1-yard sneak with 10 seconds left in the second quarter. The drive was 13 plays for 90 yards. Wright found Emil Smith for the two-point conversion to extend Etowah’s lead to 20-0.

Sardis’ first offensive drive of the second half ended the same way it did in the first half — with a Wright interception returned for a touchdown. This time he brought it back 66 yards at the 6:25 mark of the third quarter. Etowah led 27-0 after the successful PAT by Eric Edge.

Etowah’s last touchdown came on a 53-yard pass from Brady Troup to DeAundrea Williams. The Blue Devils also scored two points before Troup’s touchdown pass as the snap went over punter Owens’ head. Owens fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety.

 

Star of the Night

Wright had his way at Jim Glover Stadium with four touchdowns, including three on defense. He also led Etowah in rushing with 83 yards on seven carries.

“What a night. That guy had a great night. … His stock went way up tonight. He did things the right way. He came in at quarterback for us and gave us a little spark. He’s definitely a big time player for us.” — Etowah coach Drew Noles

 

By the Numbers

0 — Sardis never has scored against Etowah in the their three meetings. The Blue Devils won 27-0 in 1934, 32-0 in 1963 and 36-0 Friday night. … 7 — Number of points Etowah has allowed in its last three games. … 19 — Total offensive yards for Sardis, all rushing. The Lions carried the ball 42 times. … 194 — Total yards for Etowah, with 132 coming on the ground. … 9 — Penalties called on Etowah in the first half.

 

They Said It

“It’s a big win for us. We are 2-0 in the region now and 4-0 overall. It’s a very big win for us and gives us momentum for the next game.” — Wright

 

Coachspeak

“I thought our kids played hard. Obviously, (Etowah) is as advertised on defense. I knew coming down here we couldn’t give them anything and we gave them three scores. And you can’t do that against a football team like this, especially with us. You take those three scores and subtract that from the scoreboard, it’s a little bit better game. Then the two scores they get, we bust some things we couldn’t bust.” — Sardis coach Gene Hill

“We played terrible on offense today but we knew they had the best defense we played to this point. Their defensive line is pretty good. They did a good job and we didn’t. We didn’t do a good job executing anything on offense, but I do think we played hard. I didn’t like the penalties. That’s just not what we can be about. Sloppy. Very sloppy.” — Noles

 

Etowah Stat Sheet

Williams finished with 60 yards receiving on two receptions. Trent Davis had 24 yards on 10 carries.

 

Sardis Stat Sheet

Drew Vaughn had 36 yards on 30 carries. The Lions did not complete a pass on 10 attempts.

 

Up Next

Etowah (4-0, 2-0 Region 6) travels to region foe Southside on Friday.

Sardis (1-2, 0-2 Region 6) hosts region foe Douglas on Friday.