By Will Motlow
For The Florence Times Daily
In a light, steady rain that made field conditions messy and helped contribute to six turnovers, Russellville won the battle in the trenches to shut out West Point 35-0 in a performance that head coach Michael Jackson called "workmanlike."
"We were able to run the ball when we had to," Jackson said. "Late in the game, it became very difficult to throw the ball due to the field conditions, but we were able to make some big runs and do what we had to do to win."
The Golden Tigers (2-2, 2-1 in Class 5A, Region 8) outgained the Warriors (1-3, 0-3) 325-126.
"I'm excited that we were able to get the shutout. West Point hasn't been shut out all year," Jackson said.
The game was scoreless during the first quarter, but Jalen Scott reached the end zone on a 6-yard run on the first play of the following frame. Clay McNatt's extra-point gave the Golden Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Russellville rushed for 61 yards on three plays and took a 14-0 lead when Deyon Hill scored on a 24-yard run.
Russellville scored on its first possession of the second half when Scott broke a 37-yard touchdown run.
Scott also recovered two fumbles. Each team turned the ball over three times, but none of those turnovers led to a score.
Late in the third quarter, quarterback Zack Garrison connected with Reed Smith for a 5-yard touchdown that ended a 9-play, 54-yard drive and gave the Golden Tigers a 28-0 lead.
Hill broke a 57-yard run with 2:47 remaining for the game's final score.
Hill finished with 175 yards on 22 carries. Scott had 69 yards on five carries.
Stats for West Point were not available at press time.