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Appalachian ended their three game skid last week with a 49-21 victory over non-region opponent, Gaylesville. The Eagles combined for 370 yards and seven touchdowns, three of which were defensive touchdowns. The three defensive touchdowns included a 68-yard interception return from Trey Calvert, a 32-yard fumble recovery from Jasper Hutchins, and a 26-yard interception by Andrew Whittington. Quarterback, Jasper Hutchins, was 9-18 through the air with 122 yards and two touchdowns. Hutchins also rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown for a grand total of 184 yards and three touchdowns. Trey Calvert, aside from his defensive touchdown, rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Peyton Dean and Andrew Whittington led the receiving corps with a combined 122 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Maldonado led the Eagles in tackles with six, while Trey Calvert, Zack Walling, Isaac Duarte, and Chase Cooper each finished with five. Appalachian, (3-3, 0-3), returns home in week seven to take on Donoho, (1-4, 0-2). The Falcons lost to Spring Garden last week, 45-23.
Cleveland forced five turnovers in their win over J.B. Pennington on Friday night, 21-7. The Tigers lost three of their four fumbles and threw two interceptions. After a scoreless opening quarter, J.B. Pennington’s Trey Griffin gave the Tigers the lead on a three-yard rushing touchdown. Not two minutes later, Cleveland drove the field and answered with a 7-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback, Caleb Collum. At halftime, the score was deadlocked at seven and would remain tied until the final six minutes of the 4th quarter. With 5:42 left in the game, Caleb Collum hit Juan Castro for an 80-yard touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 14-7 lead. On Pennington’s following possession, deep in their own territory, the Tigers failed to gain anything and turned the ball over on downs. Cleveland took advantage of the short field position and Nicholas Randolph rushed for a 20-yard touchdown to seal the deal, 21-7. Caleb Collum was 7-13 with 171 yards passing and 44 yards rushing. Juan Castro and Desmond Cozad combined for 155 reception yards and a touchdown, while Nicholas Randolph added 53 yards and a touchdown in the rushing category. Hunter Green led the assault on the defensive side of the ball with 14 solo tackles and four assists. The Panther defense sacked the quarterback on four different occasions. Aside from giving up only seven points, Cleveland still had difficulties protecting their quarterback and stopping the Tiger’s offense. Before Friday night, Cleveland was allowing just under 200 yards per game, but Pennington totaled 129 yards through the air and 226 on the ground for 355 yards, the most any team has put up against Cleveland this season. Travis Cleveland, J.B. Pennington, was 71% on his accuracy for the night, passing for 129 yards and two interceptions. Trey Griffin finished with 162 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Toby Peace and Luke Cassity led the Tigers defensively with nine tackles each. Peace and Cassity also combined to sack the quarterback four out of seven times. With the loss, J.B. Pennington drops to (5-1), but they will have to recover quickly as they play host to Fultondale in week seven. Fultondale, (4-1, 2-0), is the only team standing between the Tigers and the region title. The Wildcats, averaging forty-five points per game, defeated Hale County last week, 47-24. Cleveland, (5-0, 3-0), will travel to Tanner, (2-3, 2-0), next week in the BCS Game of the Week. The winner of this game will most likely claim the 2A Region 7 title. Tanner has two lopsided victories over West End and Winston County, but have lost to West Limestone (5-1), Mae Jemison (3-3), and Madison Academy (4-1). Tanner is 3-0 all-time against Cleveland.
The Wildcats allowed only 178 yards and ten first downs in their 27-6 win over Westminster Christian in week six. Hayden sealed this game early by scoring twenty-one of their twenty-seven points in the opening quarter. Duke commit, Leonard Johnson, opened the game up with a 21-yard rushing touchdown, which was followed by another Hayden touchdown from Levi Snider. Johnson found the end zone again just before end of the quarter to give the Wildcats of Hayden a 21-0 lead. The score remained 21-0 until 11:50 to play in the fourth quarter when Westminster’s Ehson Brown caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Ian Thies, but the extra point was no good. With forty seconds remaining, Hayden’s Austin Turner punched it in from one-yard line to give Hayden a 27-6 victory over the Wildcats of Westminster Christian. Levi Snider led Hayden in the rushing category with 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Leonard Johnson followed him with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Levi Snider finished with ten tackles, which led the team. Jacob Sawyer followed with seven of his own. Hayden plays host to Springville, (1-4, 1-2), this week before traveling to Corner in week eight.
Locust Fork dropped to (4-2, 3-1) after falling to a very good Weaver team, 30-10. After a scoreless opening quarter, Weaver struck on a 60-yard drive and 59-yard drive to take a 14-3 lead at halftime. To open the third, Weaver completed a 58-yard drive with a field from Riley Benavides. This was the only score allowed in the third quarter. With 8:54 to play in the game, Tyrik Hill added six more points for the Bearcats with a 10-yard rushing touchdown, which was followed two possessions later by a 57-yard rushing touchdown from Weaver’s Shamar Sprinks. Locust Fork finally got in to the end zone with just under a minute left when Tyler Clevenger scored from five yards out, but it was not enough as the Bearcats cruised to a 30-10 win. Weaver got in to the Hornet’s backfield seven times, including three sacks. Clevenger played under center against Weaver and was 5-10 passing with 82 yards and one rushing touchdown. Usual quarterback, Chase Rice, led Locust Fork in rushing with 79 yards on 10 carries. Drew Rogers led the defense again with nine tackles. From here, the road definitely doesn’t get any easier for Locust Fork. The Hornets play Holly Pond this week before traveling to Cleveland in week eight for a non-region game. Remember that the Hornets close the season with Fultondale, who plays J.B. Pennington this week. While Locust Fork is currently on the outside looking in, nothing is for certain yet.
Last week’s game between Oneonta and Susan Moore was the 75th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Redskins had defeated Susan Moore eight straight times before Friday night, and now that streak is at nine. However, although Oneonta won 30-14, the game was much closer than that when we look at the numbers behind the main scene. Oneonta finished with 334 yards and ten first downs, compared to Susan Moore’s 259 yards and eleven first downs. The Redskins completed the big plays, which proved to be the difference. To start the game, Oneonta’s Tyler Thomas hit back to back field goals, one from 22 yards out and another from 20, to give them a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. Susan Moore’s Andrew McEvoy answered for the Bulldogs with a 39-yard rushing touchdown to take a 7-6 lead with 11:14 to play in the half, but the lead didn’t last long. Colton Walker rushed for a 44-yard touchdown on Oneonta’s next possession, then Sincere Baker added a 40-yard rushing touchdown on top of that to take a 20-7 lead in to the half. The second half was similar for Oneonta as Landon Bothwell rushed for a 32-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter, and Tyler Thomas added another field goal in the fourth to extend the lead to twenty-three. Susan Moore’s Anthony Cervantes, who led the Bulldogs in rushing, scored with 29 seconds remaining to give us a final of 30-14. Colton Walker led both teams in yards with 161 on 16 attempts. Sincere Baker finished with 66 yards and a touchdown on 7 carries. Baker led the defense with seven tackles. Tyler Thomas was the leading scorer in the game with twelve points. Thomas was 3-3 on extra points and was also 3-3 on field goals. For Susan Moore, Anthony Cervantes finished with 105 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Andrew McEvoy was 2-5 with 16 yards passing and 83 yards rushing. Angel Duarte led the Bulldog defense yet again with ten tackles. Susan Moore plays host to Hanceville this Friday night and Fultondale in week eight. Oneonta goes on the road to battle Hokes Bluff in what is a crucial game for the Redskins.
Southeastern fumbled the opening kickoff and recovered at the 1-yard line, but took control of the game from there. The Mustangs scored on their first two possessions which including a 12-play, 99-yard drive that was capped by a 12-yard completion from Seth Wadsworth to Jordan Graham. After being forced to punt on their first possession, Brilliant threatened to score on its next three, but the Mustangs forced two turnovers and held on a 4th and 3 to give the ball back to the offense. Southeastern forced two more turnovers on the night and were led by linebacker Austin Lee's 11 tackles. With the game still in question and Brilliant driving, Avery Jones stripped the ball at the 13-yard line, and Connor Barton raced 30 yards before being tackled at the 43. The very next play, Wadsworth hit Harmon Barton for a 57-yard touchdown. Brilliant put together a solid drive near the end of the first half, which resulted in a 2- yard touchdown run by Quintin York. Southeastern had several big plays that resulted in touchdowns. Wadsworth hit Graham in the opening quarter for a 65-yard score to go with Harmon Barton's 4th quarter catch for a 57-yard touchdown. Wadsworth also had 86-yard interception returned for six. The other two touchdowns came on a 6-yard carry by Wadsworth and a 5-yard run by Avery Jones, who finished with 35 yards on 6 carries. Southeastern, (1-4, 0-2), will travel up I-22 again this week to take on the Lynn Bears, (5-1, 2-1) in a 1A Region 7 contest.
By: Colton Costa
Posted: September 28th at 6:30 p.m.
*Southeastern section by Michael Burkett
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