Thomas’ kickoff return gives Anniston a highlight
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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Anniston entered Friday’s game against Carver-Montgomery looking to clinch a winning record.

The Bulldogs fell after a 41-14 loss, which locked up a 5-5 mark. The defeat ended the season, as Anniston did not qualify for the playoffs.

“We had a good season,” Bulldogs head coach Eddie Bullock said. “We’ve got a lot of young kids. We did a lot of positive stuff. We’re just trying to get everything on tract for next year.”

The Bulldogs fell behind early. The Wolverines managed 20 unanswered points thanks to Javonte Davidson’s 3-yard run and Michael McKenny’s two touchdown passes. The first was to Charles Standberry for 11 yards and the second found Landy Capetillo for 73 yards.

The ensuing kickoff was returned 99 yards for a touchdown by DeMarcus Thomas. The Wolverines led 27-7.

“I just saw a big opening,” Thomas said. “I wish I could do it again. I just thought that I could do it. I didn’t know it was a 99.”

Added Bullock: “He’s been doing it all year. I’m not surprised. DeMarcus’ first year back in two years, and he’s pretty much been solid all year. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do and I’m just proud of him.”

Carver-Montgomery followed with 21 unanswered points coming on McKenny’s 2-yard run, his pass to Standberry for 25-yards and a 24-yard fumble return by Justin Martin.

Anniston managed a final touchdown in the last two minutes. Quint Dobbins connected with Lamuel Heard for a 34-yard touchdown.

Bullock spoke highly of his senior class after the game.

“We had a good group of seniors,” he said. “It was probably one of the most disciplined teams that I’ve had since I’ve been coaching here. They kind of got caught in the crossroads between a tough schedule and not having enough guys that had the experience to do what we needed to do.”

Thomas is one of those seniors. He spoke about how much he will miss playing at Anniston.

“I’m going to miss it,” he said. “I missed my sophomore and junior years. I wish I could play again but it’s over with. I’ve just got to look on to the future.”

Despite the tough 27-point loss, Bullock said he believes his younger players can use this as a “learning experience” for next season.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys returning,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys that played a lot of snaps. They’ll be back next year.

“I think it’s a learning experience to play against teams like this.”
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