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Fayette County takes care of business against Holt early

Fayette County quarterback Marcellus Redmond (6) attempts to elude Holt’s Jack Coleman, left. Redmond completed 9 of 10 passes for 122 yards Friday night as the Tigers cruised to a homecoming victory. (Photo by Tommy Williams)


FAYETTE | Sophomore running back Kyle Nalls got his work done early Friday night and watched his teammates finish off Fayette County’s homecoming victory.


Nalls rushed for 106 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns as the Tigers defeated Holt 35-6 in a Class 3A, Region 3 game.


Fayette County built its lead to 35-0 by halftime.


“I would have liked to have played a lot more, but we’ve got to give our second team a chance,” Nalls said. “On the first touchdown I had, it was pretty great blocking and everybody was doing what they were supposed to do. On the second touchdown, our blockers were doing great and they did their thing out there on the field.”


Nalls’ first touchdown, which came on a 35-yard run, finished an 83-yard drive in seven plays. John Smith kicked the first of five extra points.


The Ironmen had to punt but got the ball back at the Fayette County 4 when Kentrell Hardy recovered a fumble. The first play lost 2 yards, and the Ironmen were hit with two 5-yard penalties. After an incomplete pass, the drive ended with Malik Sheppard’s interception in the end zone.


“It was pretty frustrating,” Holt coach Kenny Crowe said. “But I was proud of them tonight. I thought we played harder in this game than we have all season.”


The Tigers responded with an 80-yard drive in four plays. Nalls ran for 6 yards. Quarterback Marcellus Redmond gained 22 and threw to Chris Swanigan for 22 before Nalls scored on a 30-yard run.


“Our kids came out and played good tonight,” Fayette County coach Lance Tucker said. “The goal-line stand definitely helped us out a lot. The score was only 7-0, and they were going in to tie the ballgame. I think they had a penalty, and our kids rose to the challenge.” 


After the second touchdown, Sheppard recovered an onside kick at the Holt 46. On fourth down, Smith lined up to punt but threw a 25-yard pass to Darnell Williams. Three plays later, Redmond threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to JaTrae Madison.


Redmond completed 9 of 10 passes for 122 yards.


Jatevin Madison caught a 39-yard pass during the Tigers’ next drive. DeShawn Thomas capped it with a 5-yard touchdown run.


Jatevin Madison, who caught five passes for 57 yards, scored the last touchdown for the Tigers on a 73-yard punt return.


In the third quarter, Holt’s Demetrious Wilson recovered a fumble at the Tigers’ 42. Marcell Kirkland ran for 15 yards, and Shamar Sims gained 14. DJ Matthews had a 13-yard gain. Quarterback John Cole Castleberry picked up 11 before Matthews scored on a 9-yard run.


Matthews gained 57 yards on five carries.


Holt (1-6, 1-4) plays at home against Sipsey Valley next Friday. Fayette County (6-1, 5-0) plays at home Friday against American Christian Academy.


Reach Andrew Carroll at or at 205-722-0223.