Little Ruggs, big Ruggs. Old Ruggs, young Ruggs. Henry Ruggs III, Kevontae Ruggs. Anyway you “cut” it the Ruggs were all over the field; one rush, one pass for a touchdown, eight receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns, five tackles, one for a loss, and an interception. They would be the first to tell you there were 75 other players involved with the Generals 42 – 14 win over Smiths Station but at times there appeared to be Ruggs everywhere.
The Lee fans seemed extremely spoiled during a first half that seemed to crawl at a snails pace. After all, the Generals came into the game averaging nearly 50 points per game and only took a 13 – 7 lead into halftime. Mike Huntley, Jr. and the Lee receiving corp quickly put the spark back into the game during a 21 point third quarter. Huntley hit Ruggs III on a 67 yard touchdown, ran another in from 16 yards, and then found Marquis Johnson for a 79 yards score. Before the Panthers got their feet under them the game had been put away.
Huntley once again made the passing game look easy. He was 18 of 25 for 318 yards and four touchdowns. The receivers had a nice little evening with Ruggs III grabbing eight passes for 127 yards, Marquis Johnson pulled down six receptions for 105 yards, and Kaniaus Johnson added four catches for 116 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball there was steady improvement from the previous weeks. Chris Ware made his presence felt with 14 tackles, two for a loss, and a fumble recovery. The defense as a whole had nine tackles for a loss and one sack. After an acrobatic Kevontae Ruggs interception Smiths Station seemed ready to call it a night. The defense seemed somewhat reminiscent of last years group by laying some serious hits on the Panther ball carriers.
The Generals will take their 3 and 0 record (1-0 in the area) and face the Prattville Lions next Saturday at 11:00 at the Cramton Bowl. We need all of the General nation to support the team in their efforts. Another great day to be a General.
Pictures from the Montgomery Advertiser.