Kicking off at 11 a.m. due to Thursday night’s weather postponement, the Dragons put the Patriots to sleep quickly and efficiently.
Wenonah, last year’s Class 5A state runner-up, had shut out the Patriots (0-1) the last three years and led 33-0 late in the third quarter before Midfield scored twice.
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Rogers threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Hudson on the final play of the first half and 5 yards to Jayden Sanders. He also ran for a 3-yard touchdown.
Wenonah (1-0) held Midfield to 91 total yards in the first half and 175 yards for the game, including only 68 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
Keontay Jones led the Dragons on the ground with 78 yards on six carries, including a 51-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score.
Devon Matthews had a pair of sacks for Wenonah.
Star of the game: Hudson seemed to be all over the field for the Dragons. He recovered a fumble in the first quarter. He caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half, stretching the ball over the line as the clock expired. He also added a 9-yard run on a long lateral – known as a backwards pass – from Rogers in the fourth quarter. He finished with 37 yards rushing on three carries, three catches for 75 yards and 54 yards in returns, despite having another 41 yards in returns nullified by penalty.
Play of the Game: The Patriots were still somewhat in striking distance, down 19-0, when Rogers threw a fourth-and-17 pass to Hudson, who seemed to be stopped at the 1, but stretched the ball over the goal line as the first-half clock expired. The play started with nine seconds to go.
“I knew the clock was ticking and they had kind of stood me up right at the goal line so I just stuck the ball across,” Hudson said. “I couldn’t tell how close it was, but I knew the clock was ticking.”
Key sequence: After failing the to score on its first possession, Wenonah scored on five straight possessions to take a 33-0 lead midway through the third quarter. The Dragons used a barrage of big plays, scoring on runs of 51, 18 and 3 yards and hauling in touchdown passes of 20 and 5 yards.
Stat sheet: Midfield quarterback Anthony Brown, who completed 11-of-18 passes for 107 yards, ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown. … Quindarius Adams led the Patriots with 37 yards on 12 carries, but had to be carried off the field on a stretcher after suffering an injury on the final play of the game. … Keenan Isaac had six catches for 66 yards for Midfield. … Rogers was 6-of-9 passing for 96 yards. … Wenonah finished with 235 yards on the ground as five different backs had at least 35 yards.
By the numbers: 0, Wenonah had shut out Midfield the last three years, outscoring the Patriots 102-0 and now have won the last four games by an average margin of 35-3. … 160, Wenonah head coach Ronald Cheatham, in his 29th season at the helm, picked up career win No. 160. … 6, The Dragons have had six players play in the NFL – Alonzo Ephrain, Ligarius Jennings, Johnny McDaniel, Sam Shade, Joe Webb and Chad Williams. … 35, Midfield coach Rod Isaac is 35-30 in his seventh season with the Patriots. … 295, Wenonah is five wins of shy of 300 wins in school history (295-322-16).
Coachspeak: “We made some mistakes that are typical of a first game. We did some things on defense where we kept some of their drives alive. We’re green in some spots so we need to keep on growing. I’m not sure why we would have a bulls-eye on our backs. Football is important in the state of Alabama and it doesn’t matter what name is on the back of the jersey.” – Wenonah coach Ronald Cheatham
They said it …: “We bent a little bit out there. It was a first game so there is definitely room for improvement. I’m glad we got the win and it’s a starting point. We would like to have gotten the shutout because we want a shutout every game, but we’ll take the win.” – Matthews
“I would probably give myself and the offense a C. We made some typical mistakes of a first game. We missed a few blocks and dropped a few passes. The best thing is if we know we can get better. We played decent. I’m sure the defense is disappointed to give up any points.” – Rogers
“The last touchdown, it was a RPO (run-pass option) and the cornerback dropped back so the quarterback just got me the ball. It was great to come out with the win and get off to a good start.” — Hudson