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WCHS B-team takes down Haleyville on Lions home turf
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By Jesse Lamar
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HALEYVILLE  -  The Winston County High School B-team came into town to make a statement Monday night, and they did just that picking up a 20-6 win over the Haleyville Lions.
The Jackets won the toss and chose to receive the ball to begin the ballgame. WCHS started the first drive of the ballgame on their own 30-yard line. On first down, Haleyville freshman Cal Taylor fought his way into the back field and sacked Jackets quarterback Noah Rice for a loss of three on the play. A run for no gain followed by an incomplete pass set up fourth-and-long which brought out punt formation for the Jackets.
Haleyville set up shop on the Jackets’ 45-yard line with Taylor at the quarterback position. On first down, junior running back Hayden Ward carried the ball up the middle for a gain of five yards to bring up second-and-five. Another call to Ward gained two yards for the Lions, and a quarterback keeper to the right side picked up two more, bringing up fourth-and-one. A fourth down attempt was stopped for a loss resulting in a turnover-on-downs.
WCHS picked up the first touchdown of the game on the next drive after setting up shop on their own 36-yard line. A run from Justin Richie picked up seven yards on first down bringing up second-and-short for the visiting team. A few snaps after picking up the first down, Rice carried the ball for 38-yards before being dragged  down inside the Lions’ five-yard line. Tyler Borden punched in the score a play later giving WCHS a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion.
The Jackets picked up another score right before the end of the first half. Setting up the drive on their own 45-yard line, they used a ground assault to move the ball down the grid. The Lions made the visiting team work for their points, though, as they stopped the Jackets three plays in a row in a goal line stand. On fourth down, a qb keeper from Rice drove in the second score of the game. Richie punched in the two-point conversion, giving WCHS a 14-0 lead heading into the half.
After another unsuccessful drive from the Lions, the Jackets drove the ball in from Haleyville’s 47-yard line. Rice drove in the touchdown on a qb keeper from 25-yards out. Haleyville’s defense stayed strong and stopped the two-point conversion.
Taylor was on point as Haleyville capitalized on their next drive, scoring their only touchdown of the game. They started the drive on their own 30-yard line before a pass to Nick Sadler moved them closer to midfield. Jake Coleman moved them farther down the field with a 7-yard reception. Zach Campbell picked up a first down before a false start penalty backed the Lions up 5 yards. Taylor found Hunter Jordan on a deep pass to move the Lions inside the Jackets 20-yard line. On first down, Jordan Steele took the ball around the left tackle, and after picking up a few key blocks, found his way into the endzone. The two-point conversion was no good, leaving the score at 20-6. The Jackets ran out the clock the next drive ending the game in their favor.
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