COLD SPRINGS —
Caleb Ellison and Nic Rollo each scored on the ground as Cold Springs defeated Meek’s varsity squad 14-0 in two quarters of jamboree action on Thursday night. The Eagles’ junior varsity team also outscored the Tigers 14-12 in the second half for a combined 28-12 victory.
Cold Springs coach Rod Elliott said he used at least six running backs in the first 24 minutes and was pleased with all of them, including the two with touchdowns, newcomers Elisha and Christian Crandall, and Logan Campbell, who also split time at quarterback with Austin Moore. Elliott said both signal-callers played well behind center, Campbell in the passing game and Moore as a threat in option settings.
“I thought we were well balanced in what we did,” the coach said. “We were in and out of a lot of sets, which we haven’t done in years past.”
Though the Eagles shut out Meek in the varsity half, Elliott, like most coaches are saying at this time of year, still felt his team has plenty of room for improvement.
“We made a lot of mistakes, which is kind of typical for a jamboree game,” he said. “In the end, we were able to play pretty solid on defense. We just didn’t get off the field as quickly as we wanted to. If we can do that, we’ll be able to give our offense a few more opportunities.”
Cold Springs will look to start its 2013 campaign the same way it did a season ago — with a win against Decatur Heritage, which will host this year’s opener next Friday.
% Good Hope 28, West Point 14: After heading into halftime down 7-0 in Thursday’s jamboree, the Raiders’ varsity unit responded with four unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to easily turn the tables on their Cullman County rival.
West Point’s junior varsity squad tacked on seven points in the fourth quarter.
Good Hope coach Chris Moss said the momenum shifted shortly after intermission when Justin Turner picked off a pass and ran it back 55 yards into Warrior territory. He said that big play “sparked enthusiasm” in his boys, who quickly proceeded to tie the ballgame on a rushing touchdown by senior quarterback Sebastian Fendley.
West Point’s next two offensive plays also resulted in turnovers — both fumbles — allowing the Raiders to capitalize with one touchdown on the ground (Jonathan Burnette) and another through the air (Fendley to Austin Crumbley). Good Hope closed out the scoring in the varsity portion of the evening with a 75-yard strike from Fendley to Kainan Smith.
“Our kids never quit,” Moss said. “They came out after halftime and found a way to get back in it.”
The first half was far more memorable for the Warriors, who gouged the Raiders on the ground for the early lead. In just 24 minutes, West Point managed to compile 187 rushing yards. Sophomore Kobe Smith was responsible for 131 of them, as well as a 1-yard touchdown.
“We have a lot to fix,” first-year Warrior head coach Don Farley said. “But we will keep working.”
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.