Carbon Hill clobbers Curry 44-21

Scoles rushes for 211 yards, 3 scores

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/3/17

CARBON HILL — Second-half woes have cost Carbon Hill’s football team throughout the football season.

That was not the case Friday night.

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Carbon Hill clobbers Curry 44-21

Scoles rushes for 211 yards, 3 scores


CARBON HILL — Second-half woes have cost Carbon Hill’s football team throughout the football season.

That was not the case Friday night.

Against rival Curry, Carbon Hill finally ended that trend.

Brandon Scoles rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries and Alex Atkins added two touchdown runs as Carbon Hill pulled away for a 44-21 win over the Yellow Jackets Friday night at G.W. Keith Field.

“There is no better feeling than sending these seniors out with a win,” Scoles said. “It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t even put it into words.”

With the win, Carbon Hill avenged a 70-46 loss at Curry last year. The 70 points set a school record for points in a game for Curry.

“I promise you, ‘70’ was written in every locker in the field house. We weren’t going to forget,” Scoles added.

Carbon Hill, which had four fumbles inside the redzone last week in a six-point loss to Montevallo, was near perfect on offense against Curry.

The Bulldogs scored on their final three drives of the first half and three of their four drives in the second half.

Carbon Hill led 20-7 at the half, but saw Curry draw within a touchdown at 28-21 with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

Carbon Hill took over in the fourth quarter with Scoles scoring from one yard out and Atkins running into the end zone from 10 yards out at the 2:20 mark.

“We finally put a whole game together,” Carbon Hill coach Scott Curd said. “I felt like you could see this coming from last week. The guys just kept playing and making plays when they had to. It feels good to watch these seniors go out like this. It also catapults us into next year. We felt like we made some significant strides. The record may not shot that, but we feel like we are two plays away from being 5-5.”

With the win, Carbon Hill closes the season at 3-7, recording their highest win total since 2006.

The game didn’t end without controversy. Following the ensuing kickoff after Atkins’ final touchdown, players from both teams got into a scuffle with 2:10 left in the game, resulting in a 15-minute delay and seven ejections — five Curry players and two Carbon Hill players.

Both teams shook off the incident, gathering at midfield together after the game.

Carbon Hill struck first on Friday with Atkins capping a 10-play, 68-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs added another touchdown at the 6:30 mark of the second quarter with Jon Michael Madison connecting with Carson McGinnis on a 45-yard touchdown strike, making the score 12-0.

Curry scored on its next possession with John Moon going into the end zone from one yard out. The score was set up by a 22-yard pass and a 32-yard run by Tristan Jones.

Carbon Hill responded at the 2:28 mark when Scoles scored from 22 yards out. Atkins added the 2-point conversion.

The Bulldogs led 20-7 at the half.

Moon scored on a 44-yard run to start the third quarter. Colton Burton added the 2-point conversion, making the score 20-15.

Carbon Hill struck back with Scoles scoring on a 19-yard run at the 5:56 mark. Madison connected with McGinnis on the 2-point conversion, pushing the Bulldogs’ lead back to 28-15.

Curry’s final score came two minutes later with Moon hitting Colton Aaron on a 25-yard touchdown pass.

Carbon Hill led 28-21 going into the fourth quarter.

For Carbon Hill, Atkins rushed 11 times for 78 yards and two scores while Madison completed 6 of 10 passes for 96 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

For Curry, which closes the season at 4-6, Moon was 6 of 13 for 68 yards while adding two rushing touchdowns.

Carbon Hill outgained Curry 380-312 in total yardage.