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Morgan Academy turns back No. 10 Monroe Academy

Morgan Academy rode its big-play offense to stay unbeaten.

Running back Holt Utsey scored two touchdowns and Andrew Thomas connected with Rhyne Williams on two touchdown passes as the Senators stunned No. 10 Monroe Academy 34-20 on Friday night.

It was senior night for the Senators.

The Senators (3-0, 2-0) could find themselves ranked in the ASWA Top 10 poll next week.

“I’m so glad for this team, they worked their tails off,” Senators coach Danny Raines said. “We’ve beaten three very good teams and I’m proud that we’re 3-0.”

The Senators dominated the first half, leading 14-6 at halftime.

Thomas and Williams connected on scoring plays of 20 and 97 yards in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.

The second scoring play came on three play, 99-yard drive after Utsey recovered a fumble at the goal line, preventing the Volunteers (1-2) from possibly tying the game.

Thomas added a 2-yard TD run to put the Senators up 21-6 late in the third quarter.

After the Volunteers climbed within 21-14 in the fourth quarter, Utsey took over the game to ice it for Morgan Academy.

The senior overcame fatigue and delivered in the clutch for the Senators.

Utsey’s 3-yard TD run extended the Senators’ lead to 27-14 with over 8 minutes left in regulation.

The Volunteers would not go away, climbing within 27-20 two minutes later.

Utsey, the reigning Selma Times-Journal offensive player of the year, clinched the game with a 40-yard TD run.

When a worn-out Utsey walked off the field, Raines screamed to him, “You’re the man.”

Utsey finished with 155 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

Williams, a former running back, caught four passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas had six completions for 174 yards, two touchdown passes and a running score.

Morgan Academy hosts Southern Academy next Friday for homecoming.