Marbury returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, putting Wetumpka down 7-0 with less than 20 seconds elapsed from the first quarter. But Wetumpka answered with a 19-yard touchdown run by De'Andre Hutchinson with 10:06 left in the first. The Indians (4-7, 2-5 Class 6A, Region 4) never trailed again, scoring touchdowns on six of their eight first-half possessions on the way to a 52-36 win over Marbury on senior night in Wetumpka.
"We were talking in the locker room before the game, and this group is very special because any time there's a change that's hard," Wetumpka head coach Tim Perry said. "You look forward to your senior year and now there's a coaching change. New coaching staff comes in, and they've got a new way of doing things. These guys hung together; they would get together and workout. That's just a testament to the bond that they have."
Hutchinson, one of 26 Indian seniors, added another touchdown run. This one came from the nine -- Wetumpka's nine. His 91-yard touchdown run put Wetumpka ahead 28-14 in the second quarter.
"I just saw a little crease, and I got what I needed to get," Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson almost added a touchdown pass to his two touchdown runs. His 41-yard pass to junior Charlie Crenshaw set the Indians up at the Bulldog two. Crenshaw took a direct snap and ran in for a touchdown on the next play.
"We respect Marbury," Perry said. "They're a team that's in transition, sort of like we are. They made a jump from 3A to 5A real quick, and that's very difficult. Coach Strickland and his staff are excellent coaches. You can tell by the way they played."
All seven Indian touchdowns were rushing scores by Hutchinson, Crenshaw or, the third member of Wetumpka's tripartite touchdown machine, junior O.J. Jackson. Crenshaw scored three times on runs of 80, 30 and two yards. Jackson added scoring rushes of 31 and 25 yards.
Marbury (1-9, 1-6 Class 5A, Region 2) scored two touchdowns late -- one following a recovered onside kick.
"It was a very emotional night," Perry said. "This group of seniors -- 26 of them -- have meant a great deal not only to our football program, but to our school and our community. Most of these young men started playing football in elementary school. They've been Wetumpka Indians from elementary school all the way up to finishing their senior year. I'm very proud of them."