The Fultondale Wildcats came from behind at the half Friday night to keep themselves in post-season play, with a 26-21 win over fifth-ranked North Sand Mountain.

The Bison dominated the first half of the game, scoring one touchdown in the first quarter followed up by finding the end zone again in the second quarter.

With 5:41 left in the second, Ardarius Stewart changed the momentum of the game when he returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown.

North Sand Mountain answered with a touchdown with 1:56 left in the second quarter, ending the first half at 21-7.

The Bison would roam no more during the ball game; following a scoreless third quarter, the Wildcats hit a scoring streak in the fourth.

Stewart ran the ball in with 10:36 left in the final quarter. Dante Stanley then found pay dirt with 6:20 left.

With 42 seconds left, Stewart ran in the final and winning touchdown.

Fultondale had 17 first downs, with 255 rushing yards and 98 passing yards. All of the passing yardage was gained by Stewart.

Stewart also led in rushing, with 179 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns and a pass interception touchdown.

On defense, Julian Hardy had 16 tackles. Derrick Pollard and Deundria Marshall each had an interception.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ fate for next week was decided in Red Bay on Friday.

Red Bay defeated LaFayete, 28-26, meaning Fultondale plays Red Bay on home turf next week for round two of the playoffs.

The winner of that game plays the winner of the Oakman vs. Lineville contest.

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