Winston County pulls away in rout of Carbon Hill
by TJ Armstrong
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A pair of Winston County players and Carbon Hill’s Derrick Simerly (5) go after an on-side kick on Friday. Winston County recovered the ball on the play. The Yellow Jackets beat Carbon Hill 51-28. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
A pair of Winston County players and Carbon Hill’s Derrick Simerly (5) go after an on-side kick on Friday. Winston County recovered the ball on the play. The Yellow Jackets beat Carbon Hill 51-28. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill Bulldogs had a homecoming parade and homecoming queen Friday night, but a homecoming victory was nowhere to be found as the Winston County Yellow Jackets stung the Carbon Hill Bulldogs 51-28 at G.W. Keith Stadium.

Winston County began its march to victory early, as Tristan Ergle put Winston County on the scoreboard in the opening drive, putting the Jackets up 7-0.

The Bulldogs fought back, pressing the length of the field on the next possession. Derek Simmerly scored on a 4th-down run into the end zone, and followed with a successful two-point conversion to put Carbon Hill on top 8-7.

The Jackets opened up the next series with two short run plays, before quarterback Seth Blanton connected with Edward Lamp for another Winston County touchdown, bringing the score to 14-8 in Winston County's favor.

The Bulldogs fumbled the kick return on the next play, with Winston County jerseys piling on top of the ball on the Bulldogs' 36. A quick pass to Dylan Earnest led to six more points for the Jackets, bringing their lead to 20-8 over Carbon Hill with 4:17 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Bulldogs answered back with several successful run plays before Derek Simmerly found the end zone again for six. 20-14 Winston County at the end of the first quarter.

On the very next possession, the Bulldogs showed life as Winston County threw its first interception of the evening.

Derek Simmerly capitalized on the turnover, running in another touchdown to close in on the Jackets' lead 22-20 with 10:00 left in the half.

Unsuccessful runs and incomplete passes slowed momentum for both teams, as they traded offenses several times in the next few minutes of play. Suddenly a Bulldog fumble scooped up by Ergle turned into a touchdown for the Jackets, bringing the score to 26-22 with 6:43 left in the first-half.

Less than one minute later, Bulldog quarterback Hunter NeSmith threw his first interception, setting Cody Henderson up for a 3-yard score. Halftime left the teams ten points apart, with Winston County leading 32-22.

With 2:32 left in the third quarter, the Jackets went ahead 38-22, as Blankenship connected with Andrew Brown on a 52-yard pass.

Stevie Simmerly ran in on the next possession for the Bulldogs, bringing the score to 38-28 with 11:54 left in the game. Lamp ran into the end zone for the Jackets with 6:46 left to play.

The Bulldogs were unsuccessful, turning over the ball on downs for a final time. This set up Winston County's Cody Henderson to put up six points, as the Yellow Jackets secured their 51-28 victory with 4:04 until the end of the game.

Next Week, the Bulldogs will travel to Calera, still searching for their first victory of the season.