By Micheal Bryant
For The Times
COLD SPRINGS —
Cold Springs got out on top early and cruised to a 54-30 home win over R.C. Hatch on Friday night. Eagle senior Logan Campbell hurt the visiting Bobcats in all three phases of the game, which wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.
“We kind of broke their spirits,” Cold Springs coach Rod Elliott of his team’s quick start. “I was real proud of the way our guys played.”
It didn’t take long for things to go the Eagles’ way. On the third play of the game, Campbell intercepted a pass from quarterback La’Darius Morrisette and returned it to R.C. Hatch’s 15-yard line.
One play later, Campbell found Christian Crandall to give the Eagles a lead they never gave up.
Cold Springs held the Bobcats to a three-and-out on their next possession, allowing Campbell to take the ensuing punt 50 yards for another score.
It was the only punt R.C. Hatch tried on the night, and No. 5 made them pay for it.
“Logan has made plays for us all year long,” Elliott said. “He has been explosive for us, which has been a big thing.”
Campbell finished the game with 43 passing yards and two touchdowns, 104 rushing yards with another pair of scores and 50 yards on the punt return to go with an additional touchdown. All of this occurred in the first half. He also returned a kickoff in the second half for 55 yards to finish with 253 total yards.
The Eagles tacked on five more touchdowns before the half was concluded, as the Bobcats kept going for it on fourth down and coming up empty.
The scores came on a 28-yard Campbell pass to Austin Moore, a 28-yard run from Campbell, a 9-yard run by Nic Rollo, a Campbell run from 36 yards out and a Riley Garmon score from 4-yard line.
R.C. Hatch only converted 2 of its 7 fourth-down attempts, giving Cold Springs a short field most of the night. Going for it was something that didn’t surprise Elliott.
“I think they were just trying to find something positive they could do for their kids,” he said.
In the second half, the Eagles’ second and third string were dispersed out onto the field in hopes of draining the clock, as Elliott elected not to attempt another pass play.
The Bobcats took advantage of this, putting four scores on the board in the process. Daronte Ward scored from 4 yards out, and Freddie Ward threw three touchdown passes with two going to Justin Smith (from 24 and 5 yards out) and another to Dashawn Ward (9 yards).
Cold Springs improved to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Class 2A, Region 4 with the victory. Despite the win, the Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention Friday night by a 28-27 Oakman win over Aliceville and Hale County’s 42-0 shutout of Sulligent.
Cold Springs will travel to Oakman next Friday. R.C. Hatch (0-8, 0-6) will face Sulligent at home.