Originally created 07/01/00

Stallions crush Greensboro



Lamont Moore has been with the Augusta Stallions for nearly a month.

On Friday night, he made his presence felt.

Moore scored two touchdowns on offense and another one on defense as Augusta rolled over Greensboro 87-21 at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

"We came out kind of sluggish," Moore said. "But we got it together in the second quarter. In the second half, we came out and played hard. It's always tough to come back off a bye week. But once the flow of the game started going, we got in the game."

Greensboro (1-11) threatened early as John Lewis scored on a 28-yard run on the Prowlers' first play from the line of scrimmage.

After holding the Stallions on downs, Greensboro got the ball on its 10-yard line. But on the next play, Stallions defensive lineman A.J. Blum recovered a Prowler fumble and the game turned from there.

"It was just a matter of making plays," Blum said. "Fortunately, the ball was right there and I had the opportunity to jump on it. It turned the tides."

Aaron Sparrow hit R.J. Anderson three plays later on a nine-yard pass to tie the game at 7-7 as the Stallions rolled off 42 unanswered points.

With the Stallions (9-3) up 21-7 late in the first half, Sparrow connected with Moore in the corner of the end zone to put the Stallions up 21.

On Greensboro's next play from the line of scrimmage, Moore picked up the fumbled snap on the 5-yard line and went untouched in the end zone as Augusta took a 35-7 lead with 1:20 left in the first half.

"They fumbled the snap and the guy was going to pick it up and one of our guys hit him," Moore said. "It just bounced my way and I scooped it up. Fortunately, no one was there and I walked in."

Sparrow later hit Eddie Diaz on a pass across the middle and Diaz scrambled 13 yards into the end zone with one second left in the half and the Stallions took a 42-7 halftime lead at the break.

"My biggest concern at halftime was our guys were sluggish," Mike Neu said. "The thing I told the guys at halftime was I wanted to get back to running the football. We've got to improve that area. We're not running the ball like a championship team needs to."

Kent Merideth replaced Sparrow at quarterback midway through the second half. The rarely used backup scored his first touchdown of the year on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Augusta kicker Chris Chambers went a perfect 12-of-12 on extra points and added a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Greensboro didn't help itself. The Prowlers had six turnovers and 11 penalties. And Neu tried to slow his team down.

"I was trying to put the brakes on," he said. "(Greensboro) has players out there fighting and trying to make plays. I'm not out here to try and rub it in. In the second half, especially, we created some turnovers and took one in for a score and got another one on the 2. I can't down the football, so we have to do something and we ran the football."