DOUBLE SPRINGS — A battle of opposing Yellow Jackets occurred on Senior Night at Malcolm Blake Stadium in Double Springs Friday, as Winston County hosted Aliceville for a 2A Region 5 showdown.
The home team hung tough with the visiting region leaders throughout the contest before eventually falling by a score of 22-8.
Two explosive offensive plays by Aliceville provided their final margin of victory. The first came with just over five minutes remaining in the first half and the game locked in a scoreless tie. Taking over at midfield after a Winston County punt, Aliceville scored on a 42-yard run A two-point conversion run made the score 8-0, and that was the way the first half ended.
Winston County’s first possession of the second half ended with another punt, and Aliceville wasted no time adding to its lead. Aliceville scored on a 66-yard run and followed with a two-point conversion for the 16-0 lead.
Later in the third quarter, Aliceville capitalized on an interception in Winston County territory to add to the lead. The six play drive started at the Winston County 36 and ended with a 7 yard pass. This time the Jackets stuffed the two point attempt, and the score stood at 22-0 heading into the final period.
Winston County’s first possession of the fourth quarter resulted in an 11-play, 61-yard drive to close the deficit to two scores. Quarterback Brooks Bonds had two first down runs in the drive, and Austin Owens rushed seven times for 53 of the yards, including the touchdown from seven yards out. Owens would finish with 113 yards on 25 carries for the game. Ethan Moore and Cade Taylor connected on an end-around pass for the two-point conversion to make the score 22-8, the game’s final.
Winston County Head Coach Mark Mitchell applauded his team’s effort after the game.
“Our kids have bought in. I’m not into moral victories, (but) when we play with this kind of effort and attitude, we can play with these teams. Our kids deserve all the credit. We’ll have to bring it again next week on the road at Cold Springs,” he said.
Colbert County 35, Addison 8
Colbert County proved its the team to beat in Class 2A, Region 7 with a 35-8 rout of Addison on Friday night.
Colbert County jumped out to a 21-0 first-half lead and was never challenged by the seventh-ranked Bulldogs.
With the win, the Indians improve to 5-2 overall, 4-0 in region play. Addison falls to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in region play.
The loss marked Addison’s second region loss over the last three years.
The Bulldogs will try to get back on track with a region game at home against Tanner next week.