Originally created 10/06/01

Defense earns win for Josey



Josey's offense didn't score a point Friday night against Glenn Hills. It didn't need to.

The Eagles earned a 6-0 victory - their season's first win - with a special-teams touchdown and stifling defense. Josey won despite gaining only 79 yards of offense to Glenn Hills' 174.

"The defense has improved greatly," said Josey coach Tommy Macon, whose team had surrendered 141 points in four previous games. "The defense played a great football game tonight.

"We'll just go back to the drawing board offensively, until we can get something done."

Josey improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in Region 3-AAAA. Glenn Hills fell to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the region.

Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry attributed his team's loss to mental errors. The Spartans often ran the ball well, but lost three fumbles to the Eagles.

"I think physically we've got the ability to compete, but mentally we're not there yet," Curry said. "We've got to keep building."

Josey linebacker Calvin Pryor scored the game's only points on the first play of the second quarter, blocking a 30-yard field goal attempt by the Spartans' Mufta Bulfiga and returning it 80 yards for a touchdown. The point-after attempt failed.

The Eagles' defense made a goal-line stand with 1:01 remaining to seal the victory.

"We had a crease, and the guys had a desire to get through there," Josey coach Tommy Macon said of the blocked kick. "We saw on the tape that they had some blocking problems in kicking situations."