The Woodlawn Colonels were penalized twice for offsides before the opening kickoff.
It only got worse as night wore on.
American Christian Academy, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, led 35-0 by the end of the first quarter and pummeled Woodlawn 56-0 Friday night.
The scoring began on the first play from scrimmage when ACA senior quarterback Lawson Pratt dropped a 49-yard dime into the waiting hands of junior receiver Cam Jeffery.
“Coach (Chris) Smelley told us he wanted to air it out a few times on the first couple plays,” Pratt said. “We just happened to score a touchdown on the first play.”
Pratt didn’t stop there, completing his first five passes for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the second a 54-yard screen pass to running back Brandon Waller.
Pratt said ACA had no film of Woodlan to watch and prepare for the game, but it didn’t matter. The Patriots’ spread offense cut right through the Woodlawn defense. The Patriot defense alone outscored Woodlawn thanks to a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown by senior cornerback Dan Parker.
“I was proud of our guys for coming out and executing on offense and defense,” Smelley said.
After briefly praising his team, Smelley was quick to point out their performance wasn’t perfect.
“Sometimes when you jump on a team early, you identify some areas that you still really need to improve on and we definitely saw that tonight,” Smelley said.
With a lopsided 49-0 score at halftime, the coaches met to discuss how best to play the remainder of the game. Smelley and Woodlawn head coach Jerry Davenport agreed to play the second half with a running clock.
The second half passed quickly and the Patriots secured the shutout. After also blanking Trinity Presbyterian 20-0 in their season opener, ACA has not allowed a point.
Key Stat: ACA QB Lawson Pratt was 11 of 14 for 321 yards and four TDs, all in the first half
Next up: ACA gets next weekend off before a road game against West Blocton on Friday, Sep. 13 at 7 p.m.