Vinemont's Dallin Dinkle rushed for more than 200 yards and racked up four touchdowns, propelling the Eagles to a 32-21 road win at Falkville on Friday night.
“Dallin played as good of a game as I’ve seen in a long time. He carried the load for us and even had multiple tackles on defense and a couple of pass break-ups,” said Vinemont coach Stephen Robinson. “It was a very physical game on both sides of the ball, and I was proud of our guys. We challenged our offensive line in practice this week, and they stepped up. We want them to demand respect up front.”
Behind Dinkle and the offensive line, the Eagles turned a close game at the end of three quarters into a double-digit triumph, notching a win in their season opener for the first time in three seasons.
Falkville led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and 14-12 at the break.
Vinemont’s defense limited the Blue Devils to only seven points the rest of the way.
The Eagles grabbed an 18-14 edge with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter and added a pair of fourth-quarter scores.
Vinemont continues non-region play next week at Westbrook Christian.
Good Hope 41, Priceville 26
Colton Bagwell tallied four rushing touchdowns, Tanner Malin had a touchdown each on the ground and in the air, and the Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter for a home win on Friday night.
Bagwell had touchdown runs of 5, 4, 51 and 13 yards. With Good Hope (2-0) clinging to a 28-26 edge in the fourth quarter, Bagwell scored a pair of touchdowns on consecutive possessions. His 51-yard touchdown came with 6:11 remaining in the game for a 35-26 cushion, and he added the 13-yard scamper with 2:04 to go.
Malin accounted for a 3-yard rushing touchdown midway through the second quarter, giving the Raiders a 13-6 lead.
Bagwell’s 4-yard touchdown with 4:49 left in the third quarter broke a 13-13 tie. Malin added a 28-yard touchdown pass to Drew Maddox in the third quarter.
Good Hope opens Class 4A, Region 5 action next week at Cordova.
Mortimer Jordan 20, Cullman 17
Cullman’s bid for Oscar Glasscock’s first win with the Bearcats came up just short for the second straight week.
Mortimer Jordan, the 10th-ranked team in Class 5A, scored the decisive touchdown with 3:39 remaining in the game.
Cullman (0-2) seized a 17-14 edge with 11:08 to go in the game after J.T. Blackwood threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Jones.
The Blue Devils responded with the final touchdown late in the fourth, registering only their fourth win all-time against the Bearcats in 17 tries.
The game was tied at 7-all after the first quarter.
Jaylen Hughey ran for Cullman’s first touchdown in that opening stanza.
The Bearcats, who have lost their first two games by a combined five points, will welcome Decatur to Oliver Woodard Stadium next week for their home and Class 6A, Region 7 opener.
Arab 49, West Point 35
Arab pulled off an enormous second-half surge at home on Friday night to knock off the Warriors.
Trailing 35-14 midway through the third quarter, Arab scored the final 35 points of the night for the win.
West Point quarterback Will Cochran put together another impressive outing, accounting for all five touchdowns. He threw for touchdowns of 29, 7 and 45 yards and added a pair of short rushing touchdowns.
Whitt Laney had touchdown receptions of 29 and 45 yards for the Warriors, while Kobe Bowers hauled in the 7-yard score from Cochran.
The game was tied at 14-all after the first quarter. The Warriors (1-1) led 28-14 at the half.
West Point opens Class 5A, Region 7 action next week, traveling to Hamilton.
Piedmont 28, Addison 16
Piedmont, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, prevailed in an early-season test of highly ranked teams, scoring 14 unanswered points in the second half to seal the home win.
For the second straight season, both teams provided fans with an entertaining game.
Piedmont scooted out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Addison, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, countered with 16 consecutive points.
Christian Roberts hooked up with Logan Wilkins for a 35-yard touchdown to put Addison on the board with 14.9 seconds remaining in the first half.
Addison (1-1) forced a safety with 7:50 remaining in the third, trimming Piedmont’s edge to 14-10.
Roberts handed Addison its first lead of the game on a 35-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the third quarter. The Addison-version of the Bulldogs led 16-14.
Piedmont closed the third quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run, reclaiming a 22-16 advantage, and added a fourth-quarter score for insurance, capping the victory.
Addison hosts rival Winston County next week in a non-region game.
Ider 17, Holly Pond 2
Ider opened its season with a road win over the Broncos. The Hornets scored 17 consecutive points after facing an early 2-0 deficit.
Holly Pond (0-2) scored its lone points on a safety in the first quarter.
The Broncos open Class 3A, Region 5 action next week at Midfield, beginning a stretch of three straight region games.
Holly Pond is seeking its fourth playoff appearance in a row under coach Mike Bates.
Berry 43, Cold Springs 15
Class 1A Berry jumped out to a 28-8 halftime cushion and cruised at home on Friday night.
Ayden Alexander had a second-half rushing touchdown for Cold Springs.
The Eagles (1-1) host Southeastern next week for a Class 2A, Region 5 and home opener.