Cullman fans of all ages came out Friday night to enjoy the homecoming festivities as their Bearcats defeated Lawrence County 38-0 in a game that was never in doubt.
The win improved the Bearcats record to 6-1overall, with a 4-1 mark in the Class 5A, Region 8 standings.
“I thought the kids did a great job tonight,” coach Mark Britton said. “It’s always nice to come out and get a win on homecoming night.”
The Bearcats dominated both sides of the ball from the opening frame.
After a three-and-out by Lawrence County to start the game, Cullman used a 10-play, 78-yard opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead on a 31-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Tyler Glenn to senior wide receiver Houston Turner.
The score would remain the same until late in the second quarter when Glenn connected with wideout Wesley Hendrix on a nine-yard touchdown pass to give Cullman a 14-0 lead.
After another quick three-and-out by the meager Red Devil offense, the Bearcats would take advantage of a pass interference call, scoring on the next play from scrimmage on a spectacular 16-yard touchdown catch by Turner.
Cullman went into the half scoring almost as many points, 21, as it allowed in total yards, 24.
The Bearcats allowed only 109 total yards the entire game and just eight yards passing on one completion. They also forced two turnovers.
“The defense did a great job tonight,” Britton said. “Anytime you get a shutout you know that guys are playing hard all game long.”
The Bearcats wasted little time putting the Red Devils away, scoring on their fourth play in the second half on a Drew Johnson 20-yard scamper.
Glenn would add another touchdown pass late to sophomore Mason Goodwin and senior kicker Chris Grey would connect on a 38-yard field goal to seal the Bearcats’ third straight victory.
“I thought Tyler did an outstanding job tonight,” Britton added. “He threw the ball well on our first drive and really carried over that confidence throughout the game.”
Glenn would finish with 173 yards passing, completing 16 of his 21 attempts while tossing four touchdown passes.
Turner caught five passes for 67 yards and two scores and Hendrix added 45 yards receiving and a score of his own.
The Bearcats also churned out 131 yards on the ground with Garrett Crider gaining 58 yards on 12 carries. Johnson chipped in with 46 yards to go along with his one score.
The Bearcats will look to ride their momentum into next week’s game as they will travel to Athens to take on the struggling Eagles.
“Another important region game for us next week,” Britton said. “We are looking forward to getting back out there.”
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at email@example.com.