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Fayette County breaks loose in second half


Northside’s Zarrian Grant (28) is knocked out of the end zone by Fayette County’s Jatevin Madison (3) during Friday night’s game. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


 

SAMANTHA | The Fayette County Tigers erupted in the second half, turning a close game at halftime into a 42-21 victory over the Northside Rams on Friday night.

Fayette County scored its first touchdown with 5:04 remaining in the first quarter. Northside followed suit four minutes later with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior Luke Crowe.

Fayette County retaliated with a 9-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Marcellus Redmond to junior Tevin Madison for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Fayette County came out strong in the second half. The Tigers scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. They scored on a 29-yard run by senior Daniel Dixon with 9:10. Senior Dondre Young recovered a Rams’ fumble and ran it back 45 yards to put Fayette County up 28-7.

The Tigers’ defense held the Rams’ offense to 32 passing yards with one completion on six passes. Senior Darnell Williams and Madison, who both had eight tackles, led the Tigers’ defense.

“After half, we knew we needed to turn it up a notch and come out strong and finish. So that’s what we did. We have an amazing D-line who I would put up against anybody,” Williams said.

Tigers coach Lance Tucker credited the defense for the increase of momentum coming out for the second half.

“Anytime you get a turnover and capitalize on it, it really helps win games,” he said. “Fortunately, our defense forced those turnovers and we advanced off of it.”

Redmond completed 6 of 8 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 44 yards on five attempts.

“When you have a strong run game, the opponent’s defense puts more in the box so there is more one-on-one opportunities,” Redmond said. “I have some of the best receivers in the state, so I know they can beat defenders one-on-one.”

Tucker was pleased with his quarterback’s improvement.

“Redmond had to go back to the basics this week and correct some mistakes he had previously. He did a great job of pretty much starting over and coming out strong,” Tucker said.

Tigers’ sophomore running back Jerkyle Nalls scored one touchdown and rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.

Fayette County (8-1, 7-0 in Class 3A, Region 3) will host Russellville next Friday, while Northside (5-4, 3-4) plays Oak Grove.