Jermarcus Brown rushes for five touchdowns, leads Pickens County to victory
Fri. October 25, 2013 at 11:07 p.m. | By Brett Hudson
Pickens County's Steffon McCoy (3) runs the ball after intercepting a pass intended for Berry's Casey Corkerin (10) during a game against Berry at Pickens County High School in Reform, Ala. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter | The Tuscaloosa News)
REFORM | Speed kills, and Pickens County's Jermarcus Brown is speed personified. Despite Berry's best efforts to keep him off the field, Brown still rushed for 234 yards and five touchdowns on 12 carries in the Tornadoes' 34-8 win over the Berry Wildcats.
"That's what we expect out of Jermarcus," Pickens County coach Patrick Plott said. "That's what he's done for us all year."
"That's been big for us all year. He has really good speed, and if we give him a crease and give him a chance to get to the outside, we think he can go the distance."
Brown had touchdown runs of 29, 25, 32, 7 and 92 yards, all of which were set up by the Tornadoes defense forcing a turnover, four on downs and one interception. The Pickens County defense had to recover after the Wildcats pieced together a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on their second possession of the game that took 7 minutes, 51 seconds.
"I think our guys just finally started playing, doing what we been doing all year: filling holes and hitting people," Plott said.
Quarterback Devonte Simon ran for 35 yards on eight carries despite battling an ankle injury. Simon also threw for 73 yards on 3-for-6 passing.
The win was a continuation of dominance for Pickens County (9-0, 7-0 Class 1A, Region 5), which is averaging more than 47 points per game.
"We've got to continue to get better," Plott said. "We're going to watch film and point out all of our mistakes so they can see them, and we'll continue to work and get better."
Berry executed well, holding the ball for 34:27 of 48 minutes and doing its best to limit Pickens County's offensive chances.
"Obviously, they're a great football team and we thought that was our best chance," Berry coach Danny Raines said. "Our backs ran hard. We thought our best way to attack was to run the ball and taking the time off the clock helped too."
Berry assembled drives of 80, 48 and 46 yards but turned the ball over on downs five times, three in Tornadoes territory.
"We were happy, we got the ball down there and just couldn't stick it in," Raines said. "You've got to get the ball in when you get down there.
"It was different things. We had a (bad) snap and we had a kid slip down, which is going to happen. Stuff like that is going to happen."
Terrance "Tank" Hollingsworth shouldered the load for the Wildcats with 27 carries for 90 yards.
"Great kid, great player," Raines said. "He's a joy to coach, and he lays it on the line every night."
Jeremiah Chaney added 130 yards on 22 carries, and Weston Bonner ran three times for 7 yards.
Pickens County will chase perfection in the regular season finale next week on the road against Gordo, while the Wildcats (5-4, 4-3) will end the season at Oakman.