CURRY — Unlike the previous two meetings between Carbon Hill and Curry, there would be no 21-20 outcome on Thursday night, with the Bulldogs beating the Yellow Jackets 48-28 at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium.
Carbon Hill’s veteran offensive line helped the Bulldogs total 469 yards on the night, led by Devon Daniel’s 189 all-purpose yards. Daniel ran for 112 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown, while catching four passes for 77 yards and a score. Kory McGough totaled 158 yards for the game, rushing for 100 yards on eight carries with a touchdown and added another score on 58 yards receiving. Quarterback Clay Tittle went 7 of 12 passing with two touchdowns and an interception, also running for 71 yards on eight carries with a score.
Curry’s Caden Riley led the offense with 24 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown, with Collin Page following with three carries for 76 yards and a score, as well as four catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Carbon Hill head coach Chavis Williams commended his team’s effort in contending with a lengthy lightning delay at halftime and a second-half comeback surge by Curry.
“We came out with a very good first half, but we settled down and took our foot off the gas after halftime,” Williams said. “Our hats are off to Curry in not giving up, they came out and gave us a challenge in the third quarter. I’m interested in looking at the game film and seeing what we did good and what we did bad, but I’m proud of our guys’ effort with everything they’ve had to overcome up to this point. We’re looking forward to next week.”
Two plays into the contest, Carbon Hill got on the scoreboard thanks to a 61-yard run by Daniel, putting the Bulldogs on top 7-0 after the extra point kick.
After a change of possession, the Bulldogs struck again, with Tittle carrying the ball 51 yards for the score. The missed extra point kick gave Carbon Hill the 13-0 advantage.
Carbon Hill ended the first quarter scoring on a 35-yard run by McGough for the touchdown.
Tittle found Tristen Terry for the two-point conversion, putting the Bulldogs further ahead, 21-0.
The Bulldogs’ defense added a touchdown when McGough recovered a Curry fumble in the endzone, allowing Carbon Hill to take a 28-0 lead into halftime.
Lightning delayed the second half for over an hour before play could resume, with Carbon Hill picking up where it left off. Tittle completed a 37-yard pass to Daniel for the touchdown, then found Blake Wright for the two-point conversion and a 36-0 edge.
The Yellow Jackets’ comeback attempt began on the ensuing possession, ending a 10-play, 70-yard drive with a two-yard run by Riley. Riley converted two points to cut the lead to 36-8.
Curry attempted the onside kick, with the Yellow Jackets’ Curtis Morales recovering the ball on a fumble and returning it 40 yards for the score. Riley converted the two-point conversion again, drawing Curry closer, 36-16.
Another onside kick attempt was recovered by Curry, leading to 44-yard scoring run by Page for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, pulling the Yellow Jackets within two scores, 36-22.
Carbon Hill responded at the end of the third quarter with a 58-yard run by McGough for the score, giving the Bulldogs the 42-22 lead after the missed two-point attempt.
Both teams added another touchdown to the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Carbon Hill’s Josh Williams scored on a 64-yard interception, while Curry’s Page found the endzone on a 20-yard run for a 48-28 final.
Both teams face-off against county rivals next week, with Carbon Hill hosting the Cordova Blue Devils, while Curry travels to the hosting-Oakman Wildcats.