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The Millry High School Wildcats defeated Loachapoka High School at home 62-12 on Thursday, Nov. 10 and improved to 11-1 on the season and advanced to the third round of the AHSAA Class 1A football playoffs.
This the first time since 2007 that the Millry Wildcats have made it to the third round of the AHSAA playoffs.
Millry Coach Shane Hendry said, “Our kids prepared well against a very athletic and very good Loachapoka football team. We came out and scored on the first drive and again our second quarter we get things rolling as we figure things out defensively with their speed, but once we did it was pretty good for the Wildcats.
“When you have a staff with the experience that this staff has and Coach Larry Boykin can adjust with the best of them. The coaching staff I have is not a one-man show.”
The game started off fast for both teams as Millry scored first and Loachapoka came right back and answered. Penalties hurt Loachapoka and cost them one touchdown.
Millry jumped on top quickly with a 44-yard touchdown run by Daylon Edmunds and Zach Jenkins made the kick to make it 7- 0.
Loachapoka scored a touchdown but the try for two failed.
Next, Jaylen Manuel caught a 36-yard pass from Edmunds and Jenkins made the kick to give Millry a 14-6 first quarter lead in the football game.
Edmunds broke loose and ran 62 yards for a touchdown and Jenkins makes the kick to give Millry a 21-6 second quarter lead.
Jenkins next caught a 30- yard pass for a touchdown from Edmunds and Jenkins made the kick and the Wildcats increased their lead to 28-6.
LaKristian Wimbley ran three yards for a touchdown and Jenkins makes the kick to make it 35-6.
The Wildcats score again on a one-yard touchdown run by Edmunds and Jenkins made the kick to make it 42-6.
Wimbley intercepted a Loachapoka pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Shooter Holyfield made the kick and Millry led 49-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Eli Adams scored on a sixyard run. Holyfield kicked the PAT to make it 56-6.
Loachapoka scored on a 16-yard pass play and cut the Millry lead to 56-12 in the fourth quarter. The twopoint play failed.
Landon Doggette scored Millry’s final touchdown on a 40-yard interception return. The PAT was no good.
Millry won 62-12.
For Millry, Edmunds was four of five passing for 85 yards and two TDs and rushed 10 times for 145 yards and three TDs, Wimbley rushed two times for 60 yards and a TD, Adams rushed nine times for 38 yards and a TD, Manuel caught two passes for 47 yards and a TD and Jenkins caught two passes for 38 yards and a TD.
Millry plays next at Sweet Water High School on Friday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in the third round of the AHSAA Class 1A playoffs.
“Not very many teams have defeated Sweet Water in Sweet Water in the playoffs. It’s a tough place to play, but we are ready for the challenge and I am proud of our guys,” said Coach Shane Hendry.
See the Sweet Water story on Page 4B.