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Freshman Williams leads Hale County to win

Hale County running back Blake Williams (8) follows a blocker to a hole. Williams, a freshman, ran for 199 yards on 10 carries and scored four tochdowns. (Photo by Skylar Kynard)



MOUNDVILLE | The Hale County Wildcats gained their first win of the season with an offensive explosion of 464 total yards, defeating Class 2A, Region 4 opponent Cold Springs 41-21 on Friday night.

Hale County freshman Blake Williams led the offense with four of the Wildcats’ six touchdowns, finishing with 199 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Hale County coach Joey Milligan spoke highly of Williams’ performance on the night and in general.

He’s a real good ballplayer,” Milligan said. “He’s young. He’s got a very good knowledge of the game. He plays it hard. He’s very headsy. He plays both sides of the ball. He knows what he’s doing at just about every position. He’s a tool that’s a very big asset to us.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Cold Springs opened the second with Logan Campbell connecting with Vince Stewart on a 42-yard touchdown pass that put the Eagles’ up 7-0.

Hale County responded by scoring three touchdowns in the second to take a 21-7 lead at halftime.

Cold Springs coach Rod Elliott said the outburst quarter was the turning point in the game.

“We had a hard time stopping their sweep play,” Elliott said. “They were pretty athletic, and they were physical on top of that. Sometimes that’s hard to overcome on certain nights.”

With 2:19 left in the third, the Eagles scored on a 1-yard run by Caleb Ellison to cut the lead to 28-14.

Hale County responded with a touchdown, and two fourth-quarter turnovers by Cold Springs snuffed out any comeback the Eagles were mounting.

Elliott gave credit to the Wildcats’ physicality.

“We played a pretty good football team tonight,” Elliott said. “Physically, they controlled the game all night. It may have looked like they had 15 on the field, but I’m pretty sure they had 11. They did a good job. We didn’t tackle well in the first half. We made some mistakes tackling, and then physically they got wearing on us.”

Hale County (1-2, 1-1) travels to Francis Marion next Friday.

Cold Springs (1-2, 0-2) hosts Aliceville next Friday.