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Lovejoy scores early, often in victory over Morrow

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The Lovejoy Wildcats started scoring about the time they got off the bus, and kept scoring the rest of the night.

Thanks to four first-quarter touchdowns by the offense and one by the defense, Lovejoy (3-0) built a 36-0 lead at the end of the first quarter to help keep its undefeated season intact.

"It's been a whole lot of fun, but we have to keep working, and taking it one game at a time," Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said. "The kids are working hard, and the assistant coaches are getting the kids ready each week. That gives me the best seat in the house."

Lovejoy added one more score in the second quarter en route to a 44-8 victory against Morrow (1-3).

Sophomore running back Travis Custis was the Wildcats' go-to-guy early, scoring first- quarter touchdowns of 54, 2 and 40 yards.

After his first score of the game, the Wildcats were back in business after Morrow gave the ball right back to the Wildcats on a fumble at its own 13. Custis capped the drive foiur plays later on a 2-yard run .

Custis finished the game with 118 yards on eight carries.

"We just have to come out and keep doing what we have been doing," Custis said. "We need to come out with the same time of engergy and menality we showed tonight."

Things then went from bad to worse for the Miustangs. Backed up against its own goal line, an errant pitch landed in the end zone. When Mubarak Bin-Asadi fell on the ball in the end zone, Lovejoy had its third tochdown of the game with 7:20 left to play in the first quarter.

Lovejoy also showed it could put the ball up through the air. The Wildcats fourth score of the game came when quarterback Vic Hardison connected with Rico McWilliams on a 25-yard pass for a 29-0 lead.

Custis added a 40-yard run for his third score of the game when it was still in the first quarter for a 36-0 leaad.

Friday night's game had a collection of personal foul penalties and things nearly got a little ugly.

Morrow coach Niketa Battles was thrown out of the game late in the first half after arguing a pass interference call against his team.

The good field position set up Lovejoy's last touchdown of the game on Darien Hubbard's 4-yard score.

If there was good news for Morrow, it was the second-half play of quarterback Roma Fulton. The senior opened up the half with a 6-yard pass to Malik Bryan, and then hit Sayyid Clemons one play later for four yards. One of the biggest plays of the drive came when he hit D.J. Moore on a 20-yard strike. He followed that up with a 30-yard pass to Amun Carter.

Two plays later, the Mustangs were in the end zone when Bryan raced scored on a 4-yard run.

The Wildcats play back at Twelve Oaks next week against Baneker, while Morrow plays at Southern Crescent next Saturday against North Clayton.