American Christian Academy put a scare into Fultondale with two second-quarter touchdowns in a 14-second span. But the Wildcats came back with two touchdowns each from ArDarius Stewart and Khyree Robinson, to score a 38-16 win and break a two-game losing streak.
Stewart, an Alabama commitment playing within a stone’s throw of Bryant-Denny Stadium, scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter and a 1-yard plunge in the third.
The Patriots scored on two successive 5-yard passes from Austin Mohlenbrok to Josh Gilliland. The second came about when Fultondale fumble the kickoff reception after the first, giving ACA the ball on the Wildcat 5.
Robinson’s scoring plays were a bit more spectacular, as he broke for a 57-yard TD run to give the Wildcats the lead for good early in the second half. He also scored on a 33-yard dash in the fourth.
Scherrod Brown got the Wildcats’ final touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the game.
"Give Fultondale a ton of credit. They’re a physical football team," ACA coach John Causey said. "They came out and it was a physical game. When you make mistakes against a good football team, you get yourself in a hole and you can’t get out of it.”
Place kicker Enrique Aguilar was a perfect 5-for-5 in extra points, and also kicked a 34-yard field goal, his longest to date.
Stewart ran 21 times for 125 yards, while Robinson had 106 yards on eight carries, and Brown gained 72 yards on eight carries. Overall, Fultondale rushed for 332 yards, and held the Patriots to just 34 rushing yards.
Stewart was 2-for-7 in passing with one interception. He alternated at quarterback with Kris Lewis, who was 3-for-5. Stewart was on the receiving end of all of Lewis’ completions, and vice versa.
Julian Hardy had two solo tackles and six assists to lead the defense for the Wildcats (3-2). Freshman Kaleb Lawson had three tackles, but one was a sack and two were for losses.
Mohlenbrok was 15-for-27 passing for 126 yards for ACA (3-2).
Fultondale returns to region play at home Friday night against Pleasant Valley.
Morgan Upton of The Tuscaloosa News contributed to this report.