THS eliminated from playoff contention

Published 11:53 pm Friday, October 14, 2011

Looking downfield: Thorsby quarterback Braden McRae tries to find an open receiver Friday at Vincent.

By Steven Kilpatrick | Shelby County Reporter

The Vincent Yellow Jackets forced seven turnovers as they went on to beat the Thorsby Rebels 40-0 on Friday night.

The loss eliminates Thorsby from playoff contention.

Both teams got off to a slow start, but after punting on their first two drives, the Yellow Jackets finally found the end zone late in the first quarter as ShaCorry Lilly ran it in from 8 yards out to give his team the lead.

On the first play of Thorsby’s opening drive, Tanner Sands intercepted a pass to take the ball back for his Yellow Jackets. On the very next play, Lilly took the ball in from 24 yards out to take a 14-0 lead over Thorsby.

On the next kickoff, Terio Rogers stripped the ball from the hands of the return man and returned it 26 yards for another Yellow Jacket touchdown. The Vincent defense forced punts on every drive following the turnover in the second quarter and scored on the final two drives of the second quarter.

A 76-yard pass from Damauntey Johnson to Terio Rogers and a 64-yard run from ShaCorry Lilly gave the Yellow Jackets a 33-0 lead going into the locker room.

Thorsby got the ball to start the second half. After driving the ball across midfield, the Vincent defense forced yet another turnover, this time an interception by Terio Rogers. This would lead to a clock-grinding, 12-play drive that led to a touchdown run by Micheal Gilham to give Vincent a 40-0 lead.

As Vincent was trying to eat most of the clock in the final quarter, Thorsby was still trying to get on the board. But the Yellow Jacket defense would not let up.

Vincent forced two more turnovers in the fourth quarter, both in the red zone and stopping potential scoring drives.