Hale County falls short against Lamar County


Lamar County’s Wesley Crawford (21) hangs onto a Hale County runner and tries to drag him down during Friday night’s game in Moundville. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)


 

MOUNDVILLE | The Lamar County Bulldogs came back from a one-point halftime deficit and spoiled the Hale County Wildcats’ senior night with an 18-13 win in a Class 2A, Region 4 game Friday night.

Hale County had one last chance with just under three minutes on the clock. A 25-yard run by quarterback Deacon Medders moved the ball to the Wildcats’ 42, but two plays that resulted in 12 yards of losses put the Wildcats in a third-and-22 situation. Medders threw a 12-yard pass to Evan Junkin, but his pass on fourth-and-10 fell incomplete.

Hale County coach Joey Milligan thought his team, especially the 14 seniors, deserved praise.

“I’m proud of the team,” Milligan said. “They played hard. I’m proud of the seniors for playing hard, I just hate we came out on the short end.”

Scoring on a 10-yard touchdown catch by Aaron Sheffield, Hale County took a 7-6 lead into halftime.

After holding the Bulldogs on their first drive of the second half, the Wildcats started their first drive of the half at their own 7-yard line. On third-and-10 Medders had an 18-yard run to keep the drive alive. Two plays later he threw a 49-yard pass to Charles Yawn. Grant Stevens followed up the big play with a 20-yard touchdown run to put the Wildcats up 13-6. 

The Bulldogs responded with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Cockerham to Brandon Walker.

On the ensuing kickoff, Hale County fumbled the ball at its own 25. Nine plays later the Bulldogs scored on a 2-yard run. After a failed point-after attempt, Lamar County led 15-13.

Milligan said his team made decent adjustments at halftime, but big plays changed the game.

“We played tough in the first half,” Milligan said. “Their second drive of the second half, we didn’t see the guy move to the sideline. It was a trick play of sorts and we didn’t cover it like we should have.”

Hale County (4-5, 4-3) travels to Sipsey Valley next Friday. Lamar County (7-2, 6-1) hosts Winfield.