The Cullman Times
Sulligent appeared to be taking control of Friday’s matchup against Cold Springs, but a gritty defensive stand in the second quarter and an explosive night by Logan Campbell had the eagles soaring to a 47-27 victory midway of the second half.
Campbell opened the game’s scoring with a 10-yard run in the first quarter, giving the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Sulligent took control for much of the second quarter, scoring two unanswered touchdowns to gain a 14-6 lead.
Sulligent appeared to be driving for another score when the Cold Springs defense turned into a brick wall and held on the four-yard-line. From there, the Eagles were taking off.
Staying mostly with the ground game, coach Rod Elliott’s offensive unit carried the ball 96 yards in two and half minutes, capped by Campbell’s 25-yard run to the end zone.
The halftime score stood at 14-12 in favor of Sulligent, but the momentum had definitely shifted to Cold Springs.
The third quarter became an offensive and special team showcase for Cold Springs. The quarter started with a 75-yard kickoff return and the Eagles gained the lead and never looked back. Minutes later Cold Springs recovered a fumble and handed the ball over to the potent offense to cash in from five yards out.
By that point, Cold Springs was breaking the back of its foe.
Nick Rollo next reeled off a 75-yard run to the end zone, pushing the Eagles ahead 34-14.
Sulligent came back with a score to close the gap momentarily to 34-21, but Campbell again burst loose with an 80-yard kickoff return. The speedster was not finished, however, as he tacked on a 30-yard touchdown sprint to push the score to 47-21.
Elliott began emptying the sidelines to give second and third-teamers playing time.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am. We kind of broke their will in the third quarter, but the big turning point came in the second. There was a timeout and we held them and went 96 yards for the score. From that point, we played lights out,” Elliott said.
Sulligent managed one more score in final quarter against Cold Springs’ reserves to bring the final count to 47-27.