Fayetteville coach John Limbaugh had praise for his entire team.
“My hat’s off to our offensive line, all five of them,” he said. “The star had to be Tyari Powell, who fought cramps and exhaustion all night. Dustin Ingram ran the ball 24 times for 194 yards. Our defensive unit did a great job, and our special teams were magnificent — they scored two touchdowns for us.”
The Bulldogs came out strong, forcing the Wolves to punt after taking the opening kickoff, but had trouble moving the ball themselves. The first quarter ended with no score.
Wadley scored five minutes into the second quarter when Kamaury Avery broke through up the middle for 34 yards.
Fayetteville scored on the next possession on a 13-yard pass from Powell to Zane McGrady, with Jacob Skinner kicking the point-after from McGrady’s hold to go ahead 7-6.
Skinner added a 22-yard field goal just before the half to make it 10-6.
Wadley retook the lead on the first play of the second half on a 65-yard run by Caleb Calhoun. Cale Mitcham’s PAT from Dakota Brown’s hold made it 13-10.
Fayetteville’s Austin Brasher returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to put the Wolves back on top with Skinner adding the PAT.
Powell scored on a 13-yard run later in the third quarter to put the Wolves ahead 24-13.
Wadley charged right back in the fourth quarter. Wadley recovered a fumble at the 50 yard line with 10:29 left in the game and drove it in. Avery scored the TD on a two-yard run. The try for two points failed, leaving the Bulldogs behind 24-19.
Fayetteville’s Payton McKee returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards for another touchdown and a 31-19 lead.
The Bulldogs came back once more, this time with Avery breaking away from defenders to run 55 yards for a touchdown. Tyrese Sheppard scored on the two-point conversion, leaving Wadley within striking distance at 31-27 with seven and a half minutes left in the game.
Wadley forced Fayetteville to punt on its next possession, but the Wolves’ defense rallied to stop the next drive from the visitors.
Taking over on downs with 2:26 left in the game, Fayetteville ran down the clock for the win.
Fayetteville had 302 yards total offense, with 261 yards rushing. The Wolves lost one fumble, threw one interception and gave up 74 yards in penalties. Ingram was the game’s leading rusher with 194 yards.
Avery had 110 rushing yards for Wadley. The Bulldogs had 234 yards total offense, all of it on the ground.
Wadley hosts Talladega County Central next week while Fayetteville travels to Notasulga.