“Exactly what I feared happened,” Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said. “I thought we did a pretty good job for a half. They had Chilton County, 42-0 at half. They beat every single person in the region by 40 points except us and Briarwood. We thought that we could keep it a 10-0 ball game. We gave up a couple of easy ones right there, but 23-0. They have a heck of a football team; they have a team that is going to make a run at the state. They ought to, they are big upfront, they have a lot of speed and they well coached. Hats off to them they have an excellent football team.”
The Patriots scored at will in the first half against Sylacauga. Orlando Swann gave the Patriots good field position with a 23 yard return to the Sylacauga 27 yard line. On the first play of the drive Walter Rutledge broke off a 19-yard run down to the Aggies 6 yard line. Rutledge capped off the drive on the next play as he went in untouched from 6 yards. The PAT was good to make it 7-0 with 6:27 left in the first half.
The Aggies defense held Homewood out of the end zone on their next possession, but the Patriots were still able to add on to their lead. Homewood drove the ball 65 yards down the field, but penalties forced them back to the Aggies’25 yard line. 16 connected on a 43 yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 10:42 left in the second quarter.
On the Patriots next possession, Rutledge showed his speed as he sprinted down through the Sylacauga defense for a 68 yard touchdown to make it 16-0. The two point conversion failed.
Before halftime, Carson Griffis found Devonta Barnfield Rapley on a screen pass . Barnfield Rapley followed blocks down the left sideline then he cut back to the middle of the field for a 47 yard touchdown to increase Homewood’s lead to 23-0 going into halftime.
“I thought our team played real well,” Homewood head coach Doug Goodwin said. “We didn’t have the ball much in the first half, coach ran down the play clock. I thought our guys did a good job the plays that we did have it.”
The Patriots explosive offense picked up where it left off in the second half. On the first play of the third quarter, Rutledge exploded threw a whole and flew down the sideline for a 65 yards touchdown to make it 30-0.
A high snap on sailed over Sylacauga’s punters head, the punter recovered the football at the Sylacauga 13 yard line, which gave Homewood a short field. Rutledge scored from 13 yards out on the next play to put the Patriots up 37-0.
Sylacauga’s Hunter Johns was picked off by Derrick Underwood who was brought down at the Sylacauga 10 yard line. Daniel Maharrey scored a few plays later to make it 44-0.
The Patriots added another touchdown to go ahead 50-0.
The Aggies got on the board late in the fourth quarter. Freshman Alex Thomason scored to make it 50-7.
Sylacauga returns to action next Thursday at Talladega.
“The biggest thing, we wanted to come out of this thing we wanted to play hard and healthy,” Griffith said. “We got two region games in a row and an archrival with the third. This is where we got to go to now. We need to win one region game to put us in the playoffs, but if we win two we are setting at third and we don’t have to play somebodies No.1 . Now they are all playoff games, these last three games are the most important thing that we have going on right now.”
For Goodwin this was a homecoming. The Homewood coach is Sylacauga High School alum. He graduated in 1980.
“It is kind of weird,” Goodwin said on about coming back to Sylacauga. “I have been coaching for a long time is this is the first time I had the opportunity to coach on this field. I have a of fond memories of Sylacauga. All of my family lives here on both sides. We have a lot of family here, we love the town and the school. I wish them all of the luck in the world.”