WEST POINT —
West Point coach Don Farley knew his team faced a daunting task with the state-powerhouse Trojans arriving for Friday night’s matchup.
However, when the dust settled, he saw the foundation for closing the season on a positive note.
Packing size and speed with a talented lineup, No. 3 Muscle Shoals left town with a one-sided win. For the Warriors, however, there were some good things to take away on the night.
Freshman kicker Tristin Skinner nailed a 30-yard field goal against the Trojans late in the game, following a nearly 50-yard run by Byrant Farley.
Tristan Dubberly also turned in some effective runs against the almost immovable Trojan defense. And there were several first-half pass completions that kept things interesting for West Point.
Much of the early scoring in the game was the result of special teams’ breakdowns by the Warriors. Muscle Shoals returned one punt for a touchdown and blocked another for a score.
“We settled down some after that and hit a couple of passes early,” Farley said. “We also had a big drive late in the game that showed a lot of determination.”
Farley said his Warriors turned in an excellent week of practice in preparation for the Trojans, but the speed and size proved too much to handle.
“Muscle Shoals is a good program. They’re doing a great job. We knew it was a big mountain to climb, but we’re proud of our team for playing hard and staying after it,” the coach said. “We think we have something good to build on going into the last two weeks of the season after what we saw tonight.”
Farley completed 3 of 9 passes for 29 yards, while adding 70 yards on the ground. Kobe Smith added 27 rushing yards of his own, as the Maroon and White rushed for 125 as a team. Will Wrenn, Dubberly and Smith each caught one pass as well.
West Point fell to 2-6 (1-5 in Class 5A, Region 8), while Muscle Shoals (8-0, 6-0) remained undefeated going into next week’s region-title showdown at home against No. 9 Cullman.
% The Times’ managing editor David Palmer contributed to this report.