HANCEVILLE — Vinemont put together a solid performance with new personnel at the quarterback position in defeating Hanceville 49-20 Friday night at Ray Talley Stadium.

Nick Simmons rotated with Reno Jones as the two took the place of injured quarterback Cody Harris who hurt his knee last week against Falkville. The pair helped the Eagles rack up 531 yards of total offense — 281 during the first half in which Vinemont gained a 28-6 lead.

The Eagles scored five touchdowns after Hanceville got off to a good start under new coach Danny Miller with his club scoring on the game’s first series. Vinemont finished with 416 yards on the ground and Jones threw for 115 yards. The Eagles also scored on a kickoff return to start the second half.

“Reno and Nick did an excellent job,” said Vinemont coach A.J. Lamar. “I’m proud of our guys because they played hard. We were ready to play. The coaches did a good job this week in getting the team ready.

“Coach Miller did a good job in getting his team ready to play. He’s going to do a good job with them.”

The first series of the Miller era saw the Bulldogs drive 59 yards for the score and take more than two minutes off the clock.

Skylar Twitty scored from the 4, but the extra point was blocked and Hanceville led 6-0 at the 9:30 mark.

Vinemont tied the score when Eli Harris took it 62 yards on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage. The extra point by Colton Brown missed, and the game was deadlocked at 6-6.

Simmons, who started at quarterback, gave the Eagles the lead when he got loose for 19 yards and the TD with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter. The 2-point run by Harris pushed the spread to 14-6.

In the second quarter, Vinemont added to its lead when Jones plunged in from 1 yard out. The 2-point run by Harris ran the score to 22-6 with 2:48 showing.

Simmons intercepted a Broc Malcolm pass, giving Vinemont the football at the Hanceville 48 with 1:27 remaining. The Eagles drove it downfield and Harris finished it by racing to the end zone on a 14-yard play. The extra-point kick was blocked, and the Eagles left the field on top 28-6.

Harris took the second half kickoff from his 19 and scampered 81 yards to give Vinemont a 35-6 lead. Brown tacked on the extra point.

The Eagles were driving again, but a fumble was picked up by Cody Chambers who took it 55 yards to the end zone. Malcolm’s 2-point pass to D.J. Leslie closed the margin to 35-14.

After that, the Eagles controlled the line of scrimmage with Johanthan Pearson scoring on a 26-yard run with 3:59 to go in the third, sending the Eagles ahead 42-14.

Hanceville followed with a touchdown drive in which Malcolm hit Leslie for the score on a 26-yard play with less than a minute gone by in the fourth quarter. That made the score 42-20.

The final scoring drive for the Eagles consumed 83 yards in which Simmons hit the end zone on an 11-yard run with 7:27 remaining. Brown booted the extra point.

Harris anchored the Vinemont ground game with 10 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns plus his third score on the kickoff return. Pearson touched the football seven times in the second half to finish with 107 rushing yards and one TD. Simmons managed 29 yards on two carries and a touchdown plus had four receptions for 77 yards.

Hanceville netted 264 yards, with 111 yards on the ground and 153 in the air as Malcolm had six completions, but was intercepted twice by Simmons.

“Our kids came out and played hard,” Miller said. We got after them early. Vinemont has a good football team. We have to learn how to play a complete football game.”

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