Carbon Hill earns playoff spot for first time since ‘99

Bulldogs edge Holt 28-23

From Staff Reports
Posted 10/25/19

CARBON HILL — The streak is over.

Carbon Hill ended a 20-year playoff drought on Thursday night with a narrow 28-23 win over Holt at G.W. Keith Stadium.

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Carbon Hill earns playoff spot for first time since ‘99

Bulldogs edge Holt 28-23

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CARBON HILL — The streak is over.

Carbon Hill ended a 20-year playoff drought on Thursday night with a narrow 28-23 win over Holt at G.W. Keith Stadium.

With the win, coupled with an Oakman victory over Greene County, Carbon Hill earned the No. 4 playoff spot in Class 3A, Region 4.

Carbon Hill’s last trip to the playoffs was in 1999 when the Bulldogs advanced to the third round.

“We’re going to enjoy this one,” Carbon Hill coach Chavis Williams said. “None of these kids were born the last time we went to the playoffs. To see them crying and the tears on their faces — they deserve it. Nobody knows how hard they work, but the coaches on this staff. These kids work their tails off and they come to work everyday.”

Carbon Hill (3-6, 3-4) led 28-14 going into the final quarter. Holt (3-6, 2-5) made things interesting with a safety and a pair of touchdowns, getting within five points with 6:30 left in the game.

The Bulldogs finally sealed the victory with a Kaysen Langley interception at the Carbon Hill 9-yard line with 2:09 left.

“The guys were locked in this week. When you’re learning how to win, it gets (tough) at times, but they kept on fighting. I could not be more proud of a school, a team, and a community,” Williams added. “We get the chance to play one more game after next week. There’s a lot of work to do and we are going to get back to work on Curry.”

Holt scored first on Friday night.

At the 5:06 mark of the opening quarter, the Ironmen connected on a 12-yard pass for a 7-0 lead.

Carbon Hill tied the game in the second quarter on 2-yard run by Matthew Wallace. The score was set up by a Kade Perry interception. Later in the quarter, the Bulldogs took the lead on a 2-yard run by Devon Daniel for a 14-7 lead. The score was setup by a Holt fumble.

Carbon Hill pushed the lead to 21-7 with 51 seconds left in the half on a 1-yard touchdown run by Daniel. The score was again set up by a Holt fumble.

The Bulldogs took the kickoff to start the third quarter and took up most of the quarter with a touchdown drive that ended with a 1-yard score by Wallace with just 1:56 left in the quarter for a 28-7 lead.

On the next play from scrimmage, Holt went 80 yards for a touchdown, cutting the gap to 28-14.

A bad snap resulted in a safety with 7:48 left in the game. Holt got a 45-yard touchdown pass with 6:30 left, cutting the lead to 28-23.

In two weeks, Carbon Hill will travel to Pike Road for a first-round playoffs game.