By Jesse Lamar
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
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
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