Sylacauga defeated Anniston 14-13 in the team’s final tune-up before the regular season kick off Aug. 31 at Hayden.
After forcing the Bulldogs to punt on their opening possession of the game, the Aggies didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard.
Junior Hunter Johns led the Aggies on a 14-play, 62-yard drive for a touchdown.
Johns rushed for 39 yards on the drive, including a 12-yard dash down to the 2-yard line to set up first-and-goal at the 2.
Ian Floyd bulldozed his way into the end zone on the next play to make it 6-0.
The PAT attempt by Colin Shannon was good to make it 7-0 with 3:59 left in the quarter.
The Bulldogs saw transfer running back from Alexandria, Jarlin Lee, fumble the football on their first play of their second possession.
Lee stayed on the ground after the pile cleared.
The training staff for Anniston helped Lee off the field.
The Aggies gave the football right back a few plays later when Hunter Johns went back to pass and the ball was knocked out his hand by an Anniston defender.
The Bulldogs relied on their strong running game to take the ball 81 yards down the field for a touchdown. Welch got the Bulldogs offense going with a 17-yard run up the middle of Sylacauga’s defense.
A few plays later, Zondrick Foster capped off the drive as he sprinted around left end untouched for a 40-yard touchdown.
The PAT was good to tie the game at 7-7 with 11:49 left in the second quarter.
Sylacauga responded on its next series with a 70-yard drive for a touchdown.
Floyd and Johns got the offense moving with runs of 11 and 17 yards to get into Anniston territory.
The Bulldogs defense tightened up the next few plays, but a 15-yard horse collar penalty added on to an 8-yard run by Floyd gave the Aggies the football at the Anniston 18 yard line.
On fourth down, Johns connected with Keith Robertson for a 14-yard touchdown.
Shannon’s PAT was good to make it 14-7 with 8:46 left in the second quarter.
Spencer Howard and the Bulldogs’ ground attack marched down the field 70 yards for a touchdown.
Foster capped off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown around the left end to make it 14-13. The Bulldogs PAT was no good.
Johns led the Aggies offense with 77 yards rushing on eight carries. He also went 3-7 passing for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Floyd had a solid half of action as he rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Clay Wesson led the Aggies in receiving with two catches for 28 yards.
The Aggies open the regular season Aug. 31 at Hayden.