Terrell Jordan and Rashad Coleman both returned fumbles for touchdowns in the third quarter and Marquis Terry and Tracy Gaston added rushing TDs as Drew outscored Ola 28-7 in the frame on the way to a 45-28 homecoming victory last Thursday at Southern Crescent Stadium.
“I have a history with Ola,” Drew coach Jarrett Laws said. “I know the coaching staff, and I know the type of work that they do and the character that they have. I told the kids that if you didn’t give them a quick onslaught of points you’re probably going to lose because they are going to come out twice as hard.”
Gaston had two more rushing touchdowns for the Titans, who improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in sub-region 4A-AAAAA, while the Mustangs fell to 2-5 and 1-2.
“Our goal is to still have a shot at winning the sub-region,” Laws said. “Based on some of the numbers, if we win out there is an outside chance that we can end up sub-region champions. Our kids know after the loss to Mundy’s Mill all we can do is take care of our business.”
With Drew ahead 10-7 in the third, Jordan ignited the shift in momentum when he picked up a fumble by JoJo Spann and returned it five yards for a touchdown and a 17-7 lead with 9:41 left.
Then on fourth play of Ola’s next possession, CJ Carr fumbled and Coleman picked the ball up at the 20-yard line and rumbled into the end zone for a 24-7 advantage with 8:56 remaining.
“Defensive coordinator Dorwyn Lyles does a great job,” Laws said. “With our kids, it’s feast or famine. One minute they look like a top-10 state caliber defense and next minute they are having these mental errors but they are chipping at it and we hope to get better.”
Later in the frame, Terry and Gaston sandwiched short TD runs around a 46-yard touchdown pass from Ola’s Carr to Greg Walker for a 38-14 margin.
Following TD runs by Walker (39 yards) and Carr (54 yards) in the fourth quarter, Gaston closed the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left in the game.
"We have four equally-capable running backs and Tracy is probably the No. 3 or No. 4 out of the bunch on the depth chart," Laws said. "But he's a kid who never complains, never whines and just comes to work. Tonight was one of those nights and what a reward for him for being so patient with the process this season."