Carbon Hill earns key region win over Lamar County

Atkins comes up big for Bulldog defense

From Staff Reports
Posted 10/4/19

CARBON HILL — With the outcome in doubt and Carbon Hill’s playoff chances on the line, the Bulldogs came through in crunch time Friday night against Lamar County.

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Carbon Hill earns key region win over Lamar County

Atkins comes up big for Bulldog defense

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CARBON HILL — With the outcome in doubt and Carbon Hill’s playoff chances on the line, the Bulldogs came through in crunch time Friday night against Lamar County.

Carbon Hill struck for two touchdowns in the final 1:17, turning a one-point lead into a 34-20 victory at G.W. Keith Stadium.

The Bulldogs got huge individual performances on both sides of the ball. Devon Daniel rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns while Alex Atkins recorded 17 tackles, one sack, four tackles for loss and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

The win puts Carbon Hill at 2-2 in region play.

“We benefited from playing hard this game and finally came out in the win column,” Carbon Hill coach Chavis Williams said. “I’m excited for the boys and I can’t wait until next week. We get back to work on Monday. It’s a big region win and everything else is still in front of us. This win means everything to me. Most of all this win is for these kids. Everything we do around here is for these kids — just to see the excitement on their faces is a joy.”

The teams were locked in a 14-14 tie going into the fourth quarter.

Carbon Hill took at 21-20 lead on a 17-yard run by Daniel with 8:17 left on the clock. Lamar County responded with 3:37 left but was thwarted on the 2-point conversion attempt by Alex Atkins, leaving the score 21-20.

Daniel recovered the ensuing onside kick and went 43 yards for a score at the 1:17 mark for a 28-20 lead.

Lamar County put together one last drive getting all the way to the Carbon Hill 15 yard line. That’s when Atkins forced a fumble that was returned 85 yards for a score by Forrest German with 24 seconds remaining.

Carbon Hill struck first Friday night with Clay Tittle connecting with Haden Pare on a 16-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead with 7:45 left in the opening quarter. After Lamar County took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, the Bulldogs tied the game with a 3-yard touchdown run by Matthew Wallace.

Along with Atkins, Pare and German had big defensive efforts. Pare had 10 total tackles and four tackles for loss, German had nine tackles, one tackle for loss and returned the fumble for the score. Kaysen Langley added 10 total tackles.

Carbon Hill (2-4) plays another region game at Winfield next week.