PREP FOOTBALL: Fultondale comes from behind to defeat Vinemont 36-22

Vinemont fell on the road at Fultondale 36-22 in Friday night’s region matchup against the Wildcats. (Ryan Guthery for The Cullman Tribune)

FULTONDALE, Ala. – Vinemont traveled to Fultondale in what turned out to be a tale of two halves for the Eagles that saw Fultondale come away with a 36-22 homecoming victory.

Vinemont got the ball to start the game and pounded the ball resulting in a 10-play drive, all on the ground, resulting in a 1-yard touchdown by Dallin Dinkle to put the Eagles ahead 8-0 with 7:16 remaining in the opening quarter.

Two plays later the Eagle offense got the ball back thanks to an interception by Dalton Whitehead. The Eagles went back to pounding the ball; this time Brodie Curvin went up the middle from 2 yards out to extend the Eagle lead to 14-0 with 5:04 left to play in the first. The Eagle defense forced a three-and-out, but the offense failed to convert on fourth down.

Once again, the Eagle defense stepped up to force a three-and-out, then the offense went on a lengthy drive which set Vinemont up at first-and-goal from the 5-yard line, but an unfortunate series of penalties kept the Eagles out of the end zone. Fultondale was unable to do anything on offense, giving the Eagles a 14-0 halftime led.

Fultondale received the second-half kick-off and quickly cut into the deficit 14-7. Vinemont answered back with a 20-play drive capped off by a 1-yard run by Dinkle to once again extend the Eagles lead, 22-7, with 11:35 remaining in the game. Fultondale answered right back with 10:38 remaining in the game, cutting the lead to 22-14. An Eagle three-and-out and a quick touchdown tied the game 22-22 with 7:34 left in the game. Fourteen unanswered points for Fultondale gave the Wildcats a 36-22 victory for homecoming.

The loss moves Vinemont to 2-4 on the season. The Eagles will have to regroup and prepare to host Locust Fork in another regional showdown next week.

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