Class 4A No. 1 UMS-Wright ran its win streak to 30 games with a 31-6 road victory over Talladega in the second round of the playoffs on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (11-0) led 24-0 at the half and 31-0 entering the fourth quarter. Talladega scored with less than a minute left to avoid the shutout.
Terry Curtis’ team is looking for its third straight state title.
“I thought we did what we had to do,” Curtis said. “It was a bad track, bad conditions, muddy field. It might have been worse than the snowy field at Bryant-Denny two years ago, but Symon (Smith) seems to do better in those conditions.
“He had a big game. He kind of hurt his knee a little late. Hopefully, he’ll be ok. The defense was unbelievable. I thought John Rice had an outstanding game.”
Smith, a senior, ran for 93 yards on 22 carries and scored on runs of 6 and 21 yards. Quarterback Trey Singleton ran for a 1-yard TD and threw a 5-yard TD to Keyshawn Woodyard.
Pfilip Hunt kicked a 25-yard field goal.
UMS finished with 220 total yards, including 173 on the ground.
The Bulldogs will host Montgomery Catholic (12-0) next week.
“I don’t know anything about them,” Curtis said. “I know the must be good. You don’t win 12 games and not have talent no matter what region you are playing in.”
Mobile Christian 28, Pike Road 10
Junior Deontae Lawson ran for two touchdowns as Mobile Christian upset previously unbeaten Pike Road.
The Leopards racked up 379 total yards and averaged 7.6 yards per play. They held Pike Road, which had scored 505 points entering the game, to 168 yards on 49 plays – an average of 3.4 yards per play.
“Our defense played really well,” Mobile Christian coach Ronnie Cottrell said. “I cannot explain what happened tonight. We played as a unit. God is moving and changing this team. Our offense did a good job keeping the ball. The defense was phenomenal.”
Lawson scored Mobile Christian’s first two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 11 yards. He finished with 63 yards on just three carries. He also caught five passes for 42 yards as well as playing defense.
“I thought Deontae was the difference,” Cottrell said. “He made a bunch of plays on both sides of the ball.”
Mobile Christian led 14-3 at the half and 21-3 midway through the third quarter. Nick Ellis added an 11-yard TD run for the Leopards. Kason Lincke threw a 56-yard TD pass to Toler Keigley.
Lincke was 12-of-16 overall for 153 yards. Ellis ran for 67 yards on 14 carries. Jason Brooks ran for 63 yards on three carries and also caught a pair of passes for 15 yards.
The Leopards (7-4) will host No. 1 Gordo (12-0) next week. The Green Wave eliminated Mobile Christian last year.
Flomaton 20, St. James 19
Daquan Johnson threw a touchdown pass to Tank Franklin with 16 seconds left and then scored on the two-point play as the defending 3A champion Hurricanes rallied to stun St. James.
Flomaton (11-1) will host Region 1 rival T.R. Miller (8-4) in the quarterfinals.
“Just like last year, this team will not quit,” coach Doug Vickery said. “They never say die. I’m just proud of the way they played. All I can say is wow.”
The Hurricanes trailed 19-6 entering the fourth quarter and 19-12 with several minutes left in the game.
Johnson, a Troy commit, finished with 162 yards rushing and a touchdown on 29 carries. He also threw the winning TD pass to Franklin, who had 92 yards on 17 carries. Johnson and Nic Turner led the defense with 11 tackles each.
Flomaton finished with 254 yards rushing.
T.R. Miller 21, Montgomery Academy 14
T.R. Miller set up a Class 3A quarterfinal rematch with Region 1 rival Flomaton with a win over Montgomery Academy.
The Tigers (8-4) jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Kevon Samuel seven-yard TD run and Orlando Gandy’s nine-yard run. Montgomery Academy cut the Tiger lead to 13-7 in the third quarter when quarterback Britton Kohn connected with Hilsman James on a 22-yard touchdown pass.
T.R. Miller answered with 4:49 left in the third quarter when Narkavis Campbell plunged in from one-yard out. Darius Webb converted the two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead.
The Eagles added another score when Kohn scored on an 11-yard run at the 10:25 mark in the fourth.
Campbell led the Tiger rushing attack with 85 yards on 18 carries, while quarterback Blake Jernigan carried five times for 72 yards . Landon Lindsey and Nolan Atkinson had interceptions for T.R. Miller.
Kohn completed 16-of-29 passes for 221 yards. He also ran for 47 yards and a TD for MA. William Robertson had six catches for 116 yards.
Flomaton beat T.R. Miller 20-12 on Oct. 25.
Opelika 20, St. Paul’s 10
Quarterback Brody Davis led a nine-play, 61-yard drive that ended on Eric Watts’ second rushing touchdown to seal fifth-ranked Opelika’s 20-10 victory over St. Paul’s in the second round of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs.
Watts’ last touchdown was part of consecutive long second-half drives by the Bulldogs offense that, coupled with a great defensive effort and a first-half special teams touchdown, was enough to propel Opelika (10-1) to the third round. Opelika will travel to Hueytown, which beat Eufaula 56-49 in overtime, next Friday.
“It was about staying the course and not getting frustrated,” Opelika head coach Erik Speakman said. “There are games like this in the playoffs. You don’t just roll over people in the 6A playoffs. It’s just the character of our kids and the hard work they’ve put in from January to now. It’s the never-die attitude that Opelika is built on. It’s a never-quit attitude no matter what’s happening in the game.”
The two teams combined for seven second-half possessions, but none was bigger than Opelika’s second of the third quarter. After the Bulldogs’ defense gave up 54 yards on St. Paul’s first possession of the third quarter before ultimately forcing a 40-yard field goal, Davis and the offense went to work hoping to sustain their first scoring drive of the game.
Slowly but surely, the Bulldogs made their way downfield. On the 12th play of a drive that took 3:40 off the clock, Watts pushed through for a 1-yard score to give Opelika a 13-10 lead, its first of the night, with nine seconds to go in the third.
Watts ended the game with 16 carries for 58 yards and two scores. Davis, meanwhile, was 10-of-18 passing for 97 yards and also had 10 carries for 38 yards.
“Those two drives were kind of statement drives going into next week, that we could line up and run the football against a great defensive front and score some points,” Speakman said.
St. Paul’s (8-4) found the end zone first in the early minutes of the second quarter thanks to running back Reggie Bracy. Bracy raced through the left side of the Saints’ line and took off on a foot race to the corner of the end zone on a 34-yard run.
Bracy’s play put St. Paul’s ahead 7-0 with 11:29 to go until halftime. Opelika’s Jaylen Stinson blocked a St. Paul’s field goal attempted and returned it 70 yards to pull the Bulldogs within 7-6.
— Opelika-Auburn News
Leroy 34, Goshen 25
Kelston Fikes ran for 224 yards and four touchdowns as Leroy moved into the Class 2A quarterfinals.
The Bears (10-2) will host Ariton (10-2) next week.
Fikes carried the ball 20 times. Hunter Weaver ran for 94 yards on 10 carries.
Quarterback Kade Moseley scored on a two-yard sneak and had a 27-yard TD pass to Caleb Moore.
Solomon Foster blocked a punt for Leroy. Cameron Bettis returned it 33 yards for a score.
Leroy led 34-6 entering the fourth quarter.
Isabella 29, Millry 27 (OT)
Isabella stopped Millry QB Tate Warr on a two-point try in overtime.
Cole Atchison led Isabella (12-0) with 195 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. His 5-yard run in OT and two-point run gave the Mustangs a 29-21 lead.
Warr countered with a TD run, but the Wildcats couldn’t convert the two-point play.
Millry finished 10-2. Isabella will travel to face Lanett (11-0) in the Class 1A quarterfinals next week.