FAYETTE — Russellville broke open a tight game with a huge second half en route to a 58-27 victory over Fayette County on Friday night.
The Golden Tigers (8-2) led 28-27 at halftime and then scored 30 unanswered points in the second half to record their fourth straight victory.
Despite the win, Russellville finished third in Class 5A, Region 8, due to Cullman’s win Friday. The Golden Tigers will play at Etowah next Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.
Tyler Boyd scored on runs of 5 and 29 yards in the first quarter as Russellville opened up a 14-13 lead.
A 39-yard touchdown run by CJ Posey and a 1-yard scoring dive by Bud Coleman put the Golden Tigers up 28-27 at halftime.
Russellville’s defense was the difference in the second half. The Golden Tigers held Fayette County to 0 yards in the second half and recorded a safety on the opening drive of the half to push the lead to 30-27.
Boyd’s 20-yard scoring run on the ensuing possession made it 37-27.
Posey then hauled in a 43-yard scoring pass from Landon Smothers to extend the margin to 44-27. Boyd added an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:07 left in the third quarter to make it 51-27.
Deyon Hill closed out the scoring on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Russellville finished with 381 yards rushing and 472 yards of total offense. Boyd had 101 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns, while Coleman added 88 yards on nine carries.
Westminster Christian 28,
Shoals Christian 7
FLORENCE — Westminster Christian scored the first three touchdowns of the game and used a strong defense to hold off Shoals Christian.
The Wildcats (6-4) held Shoals Christian (6-4) to only 230 of total offense. The Flame had only 69 yards of offense in the first half.
“We are able to moved the ball when we can run it and we did that more in the second half,” Shoals Christian coach Patrick Odom said.
Odom said having a tough game like this will help prepare his team for the 1A state playoffs that begin next week.
“It helps prepare you to play hard,” Odom said. “Also, we wanted to stay healthy and we did.”
After a defensive stalemate in the first quarter, Westminster scored twice before the half.
Jordan Lake, who ended with 101 yards rushing, scored on a 3-yard run and quarterback Jacob Parker connected with Jay Madison for 49 yards and another score.
The Wildcats pushed the lead to 21-0 in the third quarter when Parker passed 24 yards to Jared Smith.
Daniel Wood, who rushed for 106 yards for the Flame, got Shoals Christian on the scoreboard with 5:41 left in the third quarter with a 2-yard run.
Wood, out of the Wildcat formation, passed 55 yards to quarterback Will Bishop to set up the touchdown.
On Westminster’s next offensive play, Spencer Pearce broke through the Flame line and raced 71 yards with a score.
Lawrence County 28,
R.A. Hubbard 0
MOULTON — In a matter of 3:10, Gabe Vernon and the Lawrence County Red Devils turned a scoreless game into a blowout, as the Red Devils went on to blank R.A. Hubbard.
The win was the first over Hubbard since 1972 and the Red Devils (3-7) completed the sweep of Lawrence County schools for the first time in school history.
Vernon scored on runs of 11 and 10 yards, and hauled in a 77-yard touchdown catch to lead the Red Devils. The running back ran for 134 yards on 14 carries.
Lawrence County’s defense also stepped up, holding the Chiefs to negative yards in the second half and only 85 total yards for the game.
Senior quarterback Clay Terry was 8-of-15 passing for 169 yards a touchdown and interception.
R.A. Hubbard running back John Owens led the team with 51 yards rushing.
Hubbertville 35, Vina 0
HUBBERTVILLE — A frustrating season came to an end for Vina as the Red Devils were shut out by Hubbertville.
Vina (0-10) ended the season without a win for the first time since going 0-7 in 1999.