Arab, AL – The 10th ranked Arab Arabian Knights scored 28 unanswered points to cruise to a 28-7 region victory over the Scottsboro Wildcats Friday night at the Arab City Schools SportsPlex.
The victory improved Lee Ozmint’s Knights to 5-0 equaling their best start since 1949. Arab is currently sitting atop the Class 5A, Region 7 standings along side the fifth ranked Guntersville wildcats at 3-0 in region play. Scottsboro slips to 2-2 (1-1) on the season.
The Wildcats took advantage of an early Knights turnover scoring what would be their only points of the night with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter. Arab retuned the favor early in the second as Drake Franklin capped a Knights scoring drive with a 2 yard dive into the endzone tying the contest at seven apiece.
A Hayden O’Reily interception midway through the second period handed the ball back to the Knight offense. Arab quarterback Aidan Cox payed off the pick with a two yard scoring strike to Brody McCain with 0:04 remaining in in the half to give the Knights a 14-7 advantage at the break.
Arab came out firing in the second half as Cox capped a three play drive to open the third quarter with a 63 yard touchdown toss to Spencer Strickland putting the Knights up by two scores. Franklin crossed the goal line for the second time in the forth quarter to give Arab their second consecutive victory over Scottsboro.
Knights quarterback Aidan Cox finished the night with 189 yards and a pair of scores through the air completing 16-of-21 passes. Strickland pulled down five receptions for 114 yards, including a 63 yard scoring grab. McCain made 10 catches for 74 yards. Franklin lead the Arab rushing attack with 128 yards and a pair of scores on 26 attempts.
The Knights return to the SportsPlex Friday night to host 6A Fort Payne (3-1, 1-1). Scottsboro welcomes the 5-0 Priceville Bulldogs to Pat Trammell Stadium.