Fayette County takes charge in fourth quarter
Sat. November 24, 2012 at 1:03 a.m. | By A.A. Moore
Fayette County High School quarterback Marcellus Redmond (6) hands the ball off during the Fayette County High School at Leeds High School football game Friday. (Photo by Christine Prichard, Al.com)
LEEDS | As the fourth quarter began in the AHSAA Class 3A quarterfinal between Fayette County and Leeds, Tigers coach Lance Tucker had a message for quarterback Marcellus Redmond after the Green Wave had taken a 14-10 lead after a late third-quarter score.
“He told me, ‘6 (Redmond’s uniform number), we gotta win this game. We gotta get a score right here,’” Redmond said.
Redmond and his teammates obliged. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the senior signal caller connected with Jatevin Madison for a 65-yard touchdown pass to give Fayette County a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 24-14 win.
The victory pushed the Tigers (11-2) into a semifinal matchup against Straughn next week, two wins away from a state title. While football coaches are often focused and results-driven, Tucker was just as ecstatic as his players to move on to the next round.
“We’re so excited to be here,” Tucker said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling and the kids deserve it.”
A 21-yard field goal by John Smith gave Fayette County a 10-7 lead at halftime. The Tigers did not trail until Tre’ Nation’s 15-yard halfback option touchdown pass to Jabari Rogers gave the Green Wave (11-2) a four-point advantage on the final play from scrimmage in the third quarter.
But when the play call came in to start the fourth quarter, Redmond was ready.
“I told my line if they gave me time, (Madison) was going to make a play and we were going to win,” said Redmond, who was 11-of-14 for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
On the ensuing drive, the Tigers’ defense put its stamp on the game and it was Madison — again — leading the charge.
Leeds quarterback Tadarryll Marshall was trying to get loose from the grip of Fayette County’s Darnell Williams (11 tackles and a sack). Madison came in and knocked the ball loose and recovered it for the Tigers. Three plays later, Redmond plowed in from 2 yards out for the final score.
“I saw he was being loose with the ball and I saw Turtle (Williams) holding him and he was trying to get out of his hold. So I just went for the ball,” said Madison, who had eight tackles to go with his six catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Redmond and Madison hooked up on a 59-yard touchdown pass on the third play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead. Leeds responded on its opening drive when Jonathan Hagler scored on a 4-yard run.