- Cullman, Alabama

November 2, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: Cold Springs closes out 1st winning season since ’04 with blowout win

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

COLD SPRINGS — Though it didn’t quite make the cut for the playoffs in a tough region this year, Cold Springs closed out 2013 in decisive fashion with a 60-7 blowout of winless Carbon Hill Friday night at home.

The Eagles held a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the margin to 38-7 by halftime. From there, Cold Springs never looked back.

Game-breaking senior quarterback Logan Campbell closed out his prep career with 183 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just four carries.

Campbell’s first score came on a 26-yard run just 2:32 into the game. His second came a mere 28 seconds later on a 60-yard scoring scamper. The senior signal-caller also reached the end zone on runs of 47 and 5 yards, the latter immediately following an interception and subsequent return.

Caleb Ellison ran in from 25 yards out in the third quarter. River Banks closed out the scoring with a 45-yard run early in the final frame.

Corey Moore recovered a Carbon Hill fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. Austin Moore had a 56-yard pick-six in the second half.

Just two years removed from a 35-game losing streak that haunted the program, this season’s Eagle squad put all those demons aside to notch an exceptionally solid run. Their 6-4 record marked Cold Springs’ first winning season since 2004.

Though coach Rod Elliott was proud of the turnaround, he said there’s still a lot of work left to be done.

“We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished, but at the same time, we didn’t meet all the goals we wanted to meet,” he said. “But, we’re still excited for our kids. This is our first winning season in a long time, and the kids worked extremely hard. It’s just really unfortunate this bunch wasn’t able to play in the playoffs because I honestly think we’re better than some teams that did make it.”

Elliott also noted the leadership of his senior class, many of whom were present for that lengthy losing streak.

“Our seniors have worked extremely hard. They’re good leaders,” he said. “There’s an old saying that says tough times pass but tough people don’t. We had tough people in our seniors, and they made it through the tough times.”

The Eagles devoted the victory to the memory of elementary school teacher Samantha Perdue, who passed away Thursday.

“It’s been a really emotional week for us, and our kids laid it all on the line,” Elliott said. “They really wanted to play this one for the Perdue family.”

% The Times' Trent Moore contributed to this report.