HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Hanceville Bulldogs welcomed the Vinemont Eagles for homecoming Friday night and the Eagles played the role of spoiler, coming away with a 26-12 victory.
“We haven’t always been able to overcome mistakes, to be able to overcome them says a lot for our guys” Vinemont Coach Stephen Robinson said. “Now we’ve got to take the next step and not make them.”
Both teams started sloppy as Vinemont received the ball to start the game but gave the ball away after a fumble. Hanceville lined up to punt after just three plays, but a muffed snap set the Eagles up with first-and-10 at the 16-yard line. After a successful first play, another fumble stalled the Eagle offense. The Eagle defense stepped up to force a three-and-out and Vinemont found the end zone on its third possession thanks to Dallin Dinkle getting loose from 19 yards out with 3:32 remaining in the opening quarter, giving the Eagles an 8-0 lead.
Both offenses failed to convert on fourth down on their next possessions, but with 5:05 in the second quarter, Hanceville’s Zack Campbell found Brodie Malcom for a 20-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 8-6. Vinemont extended the lead to 14-6 with just five seconds remaining in the half when Jack Hill hooked up with Colby Miller for a 9-yard touchdown.
Vinemont came out and forced a three-and-out to start the second half and the Eagles’ offense drove down the field on its next possession. Hill found Miller to cap off the drive from 8-yards out and extend the lead to 20-6 with 8:03 left in the third. Campbell then connected with Logan Guthery for a 43-yard answer with 5:20 left in the quarter to make it a 20-12 ball game.
The Bulldogs’ defense forced a punt on the next possession; however, the Eagles defense forced a fumble and gave the ball back. The Eagles capitalized on the first play from scrimmage when Dinkle got loose for a 36-yard touchdown that put Vinemont up 26-12 with a minute to play in the third quarter.
Vinemont wasn’t able to muster any points in the fourth, but its defense forced three interceptions, one by Colby Miller and two from Bryce Perkins, keeping the Bulldogs from finding the end zone and securing the 26-12 victory.
Vinemont moves to 2-2 on the season with the win and will be back home to face Addison next week. The loss makes the Bulldogs 3-2 at the halfway mark of the regular season and they’ll be on the road next week to take on Curry.
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