West Point’s first Class 5A, Region 7 victory was an emphatic one.
After three weeks on the road to the open the season, the Warriors gave the home crowd plenty to celebrate on Friday night, rolling to a 42-14 triumph over Lawrence County.
West Point (2-2, 1-1 in Region 7) scored the game’s first 20 points in the first half, and the Warriors never let Lawrence County mount a threat.
“Our defense stepped up and played well after a couple of rough weeks. Our guys keep showing up and working hard. We’re trying to get better every week,” said West Point coach Don Farley. “It felt good to be at home. It was a good win.”
Warriors’ quarterback Will Cochran continued his strong season with four total touchdowns – a pair on the ground and through the air. Cochran opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown less than a minute into the game and added a 53-yard touchdown pass to Branson Smith with 4:25 to go in the first quarter.
Tailback Kelton Washington extended West Point’s lead to 20-0 with a 3-yard score on the ground with 6:37 remaining in the first half.
West Point led 20-7 at the break.
Cochran tossed a 4-yard touchdown strike to Brody Rusk with 3:48 left in the third quarter, and the signal-caller notched a 15-yard score on the ground early in the fourth quarter.
“I’m real proud of the way Will holds his composure. He’s a team leader at quarterback, and his offensive line did a good job giving him time. Kelton Washington was also a bright spot. I’m proud for him,” Farley said.
West Point’s defense recorded a scoop-and-score touchdown in the second half on a Levi Farley 45-yard fumble recovery.
West Point travels to Russellville next week for a region game.
Fairview 24, St. John Paul II 19
Fairview is off to its best region start in eight years after a hard-fought victory against St. John Paul II at Dafford Smith Stadium on Friday night.
Tyler Simmons scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, Mason Black added a 35-yard touchdown run, and the Purple and Gold defense also reached the end zone, as the Aggies improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Class 4A, Region 7 action.
Simmons’ 10-yard touchdown run gave Fairview an early 6-0 lead.
The Falcons answered with a touchdown and added the extra point for a 7-6 edge.
Fairview reclaimed a 12-6 advantage with 9:19 remaining in the first half on the 35-yard score by Black.
The Aggies’ defense extended the lead to 18-7 with 9 seconds left in the third on a Tyvn Ellis 40-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The Falcons trimmed their deficit to 17-13 with 8:48 left in the game, but the Aggies responded with a 15-yard rushing score by Simmons, pushing the lead back to double digits.
St. John Paul II again slashed its deficit to one possession, making it 24-19 with 5:53 to go in the contest.
Fairview’s defense, however, buckled down over the final minutes to avenge a 28-13 loss to the Falcons last season.
Fairview continues region play at Priceville next week.
Good Hope 42, Tanner 27
Eighth-ranked Good Hope continued to roll behind a balanced and deep offensive attack.
Colton Bagwell had rushing touchdowns of 4, 2 and 52 yards, Tanner Malin threw touchdown strikes of 38, 13 and 25 yards, and the Raiders (4-0) breezed to a non-region triumph over Tanner on Friday night.
Good Hope, which has won 14 of its last 15 regular season games, got on the board with four minutes remaining in the first quarter on Bagwell’s 4-yard score. He added a 2-yard touchdown plunge on the Raiders’ first possession of the second quarter, extending their lead to 15-0.
With 8:05 to go before the half, Malin connected with Drew Maddox for a 38-yard touchdown pass and added a 13-yard scoring pass to Cole Maddox with 22 seconds remaining before the break.
Good Hope, which is averaging 34.5 points per game, led 29-14 at halftime.
Malin hit Cole Maddox for a 25-yard touchdown reception with 4:56 remaining in the third, and Bagwell’s 52-yard touchdown scamper less than two minutes later closed the offensive onslaught for Good Hope.
The Raiders travel to Oak Grove next week for a Region 5 tilt.
Cold Springs 50, Sumiton Christian 12
Cold Springs is off to a 2-0 start in Class 2A, Region 5 play after cruising at Sumiton Christian on Friday night.
Roberto Ayala had three total touchdowns for the Eagles, Ayden Alexander added three rushing scores, and Cold Springs (3-1, 2-0 in Region 5) recorded its fourth consecutive win over Sumiton Christian.
Ayala’s 3-yard touchdown run jumpstarted the Cold Springs offense with 5:51 remaining in the first quarter.
Ayala hauled in a 28-yard touchdown reception with 6:30 remaining in second quarter and added a 9-yard touchdown catch with 6:21 remaining in the third, pushing the Eagles’ advantage to 43-6.
Alexander tallied touchdowns on consecutive possessions late in the second quarter. He had rushing scores of 3 and 6 yards, lifting Cold Springs to a 29-6 advantage at halftime.
Alexander wasn’t done, though, punching in a 5-yard touchdown run with 10:41 remaining in the third quarter.
Brodi Williams had two touchdown passes for Cold Springs, and Houston McCarn contributed a late 14-yard touchdown run.
Cold Springs continues region play next week, hosting Aliceville.
Red Bay 16, Addison 10
Red Bay scored the eventual game-winning touchdown just five seconds into the fourth quarter, squeaking by the fifth-ranked Bulldogs in a Class 2A, Region 7 thriller on Friday night.
After trailing 8-3 at intermission, Addison (2-2, 0-1 in Region 7) seized a 10-8 edge on a Christian Roberts 3-yard touchdown with 8:13 to go in the third quarter.
It stayed that way until Red Bay muscled in a 2-yard touchdown with 11:55 remaining in the game.
Addison will seek its first region victory next week when the Bulldogs welcome Sheffield to A.G. Hicks Stadium.
Midfield 42, Vinemont 30
Vinemont’s Brodie Curvin and Dallin Dinkle each accounted for a pair of touchdowns as the Eagles dropped their Class 3A, Region 5 opener to the No. 7 Patriots at home on Friday night.
Midfield (3-0, 2-0 in Region 5) scooted out to a 28-0 cushion by the 5:42 mark in the second quarter, maintaining a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Vinemont (1-2, 0-1 in Region 5) scored its first touchdown with 2:48 to go in the second quarter, making it 28-8.
The Eagles added 22 second-half points, getting within a 14-point deficit in the third quarter.
Midfield led 36-14 at the end of the third quarter.
Vinemont will seek its first region victory against county foe Hanceville next week.