BREMEN, Ala. – Cold Springs looked for a huge statement win at home as it took on Aliceville in another huge region game. Unfortunately, though, the night belonged to the Yellow Jackets as the Eagles wound up falling, 27-19.
Cold Springs used a mixture of the run and pass to start out the game, as big passes by Brodi Williams to the likes of Jordan Lacey and Lawson Burgess were huge in helping keep the drive alive, and Ayden Alexander finished off the drive with a 9-yard scamper to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 7:48 remaining in the opening quarter.
It took Aliceville just two plays on its opening possession to get inside the five-yard line, but Cold Springs’ defense stood tall, as they wound up forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Jacob McClendon. But they were forced to punt on its next possession, and the Yellow Jackets wound up tying the game up at seven on an 18-yard touchdown pass.
The Eagles looked to take the lead right back, and big runs by Alexander, plus big completions by Williams, helped them get to the 14-yard line, but Williams threw an interception on fourth down. But Cold Springs got the ball right back as Chase Allcorn recovered a fumble. The Eagles got to the 20-yard line, but the offense stalled after that, as both teams went into their respective locker rooms tied at seven at the half.
Aliceville got great field position to start out the second half, and it took them just four plays to find the end zone as a 6-yard touchdown run gave the Yellow Jackets a 13-7 lead with 10:23 remaining in the third period. The Eagles responded to that with an amazing drive of their own, as they relied mostly on their running game, and Jordan Lacey finished off the 16-play, eight-plus minute drive with a 1-yard run to tie the game up at 13 with 2:47 remaining in the quarter.
Penalties hurt Aliceville on its next drive, and they were forced to punt, but Cold Springs returned the favor on its next series. The Yellow Jackets found the end zone on just their second play of the series, as a 44-yard touchdown run gave them a 21-13 lead with 10:26 remaining in the game. The Eagles went to more of a passing attack on its next series, as Williams went a perfect five for five for 46 yards, and Alexander finished off the drive with a 3-yard run to cut the deficit to 21-19 with 5:34 remaining in the contest.
Cold Springs forced yet another fumble on the first play of its next series as Seth Williams recovered the loose ball at the 44-yard line. Alexander picked up a key first down during the drive, but the drive stalled as Williams threw an interception on fourth down, and Aliceville, once again, scored quickly, as an 80-yard touchdown run increased their lead to 27-19 with 43 seconds remaining in the game. The Eagles looked to send the game into overtime, but Williams threw a pick on the first play of the series and the Yellow Jackets ran out the rest of the clock. Cold Springs (3-2, 2-1) wound up falling just short at the end, 27-19.
Alexander finished with 107 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns. Williams went 18 of 34 for 145 yards and three interceptions. McClendon, Allcorn, and Williams each had fumble recoveries in the contest.
The Eagles will look to recover next week at home in a non-region game against Appalachian.
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