Cold Springs took a long road trip to Francis Marion Friday night and came back with a victory, knocking off the Rams 44-22 in a Class 2A, Region 4 face-off that keeps the Eagles’ postseason hopes alive.
For Cold Springs’ Rod Elliott, the trip back to Cullman County was one of the sweetest postgame drives of his coaching career.
“Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve rode on a chartered bus and came back with a victory,” he said following the game. “We’re thrilled about that. Francis Marion may not traditionally be known as a football school, but they’re athletic and big, and they played us tough tonight. I’m really pleased with the way we played, especially in the second half.”
Cold Springs (4-2, 2-2) jumped out to a 14-point lead to open the game, though Francis Marion (2-4, 1-3) answered back to close the second quarter, pulling to within 14-8 at halftime. The Eagles opened the second half with a scoring drive to pull their lead to 22-8, and the Rams fired back to keep it close at 22-14 late in the third quarter. But then, Cold Springs’ power running game took over.
“We went on a bit of a scoring barrage,” Elliott said. “Our kids played extremely well in the second half, and our offensive line controlled the game up front.”
Senior running back Logan Campbell scored three touchdowns and rushed for 200 yards — including a 70-yard sprint for a score in the second half. Fellow senior running back Caleb Ellison added another 150 yards and three touchdowns to the Eagles’ totals.
“Offensively, we made a lot of plays, and they did carry a lot,” Elliott said. “We had to drive the field all night long because we couldn’t really get loose like we’ve been doing until the last bit there. We didn’t have as many big plays, but we drove the field and scored.”
Elliott noted his team suffered a few injuries during the matchup, though he hopes he’ll have everyone back and ready to go for next week’s showdown at home against No. 5 Lamar County, where the Eagles will look for revenge after getting beat 42-26 last year.
“I would say that’ll probably be one of the biggest games Cold Springs has had in a long time,” he said. “This is a game that could have a lot of bearing on the playoffs and things like that.”
% The Times’ Trent Moore contributed to this report.