CULLMAN COUNTY YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: 3rd place games decided Monday night

The Good Hope Raiders celebrate after scoring a touchdown during Monday’s Fireplug matchup. (Martha Needham for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – After the wet weather spoiled the plans to wrap up the Cullman County Youth Football Playoffs on Saturday, six squads hit the field Monday night to settle this year’s third-place games. The Good Hope Raiders defeated the Hanceville Bulldogs 16-0 in the Fireplug matchup, Cold Springs topped Fairview 22-6 in the Wee-Wee game and the West Point Warriors held off Fairview 20-14 to win the Pee-Wee division’s third-place game.

Fireplug: Good Hope Raiders 16 – Hanceville Bulldogs 0

After a quick and scoreless opening quarter, the Raiders took an 8-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Aiden Fite punched one in from a yard out. Bryce Armstrong added to the Good Hope lead with a 10-yard rushing touchdown that came with just two seconds remaining in the half and made it a 16-0 game at the break. Hanceville was held scoreless in the second half as well and the Raiders went on to win it 16-0 and take third place in the Fireplug division.

Wee-Wee: Cold Springs Eagles 22 – Fairview Aggies 6

Cold Springs took an early 8-0 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter when Cooper Johnson ran one in from a yard out. Johnson scored his second touchdown of the night late in the second quarter, this time from 5 yards out, and the Eagles took a 14-0 lead into the half.

Fairview’s Gavin Peterson made it a one possession game when he took the first play of the third quarter 65 yards to the house and cut the lead to 14-6. Cold Springs maintained an 8-point lead going into the fourth quarter but put the game out of reach when Eli Voce scored on a 13-yard run to make it a 22-6 game with 3:31 to play. The Eagles kept the Aggies out of the end zone the rest of the way and held on to take third place with the 22-6 win.

Pee-Wee: West Point Warriors 20 – Fairview Aggies 14

The Warriors jumped out to a big lead early in Monday’s closest matchup. Jaxon Shelton took a handoff 30 yards for a 6-0 lead midway through the opening quarter and a 13-yard touchdown run from JJ Mink stretched the lead to 14-0 by the start of the second. Fairview’s Kolt Redding scored from a yard out to cut the lead to 14-8 with just under three minutes to play in the half, but Shelton took the very next play 65 yards for a touchdown to put the Warriors back on top 20-8 going into the break.

Both teams were scoreless for most of the second half until Zayden Cruce put the Aggies back on the board with a 1-yard touchdown and trimmed the lead to 20-14. However, on its ensuing possession, West Point moved the chains on fourth down thanks to a big run from Carter Rutherford that allowed the Warriors to run out the clock and secure third place with a 20-14 win.

The Cullman County Youth Football Playoffs will resume Tuesday night at West Point High School with this year’s championship games. The Cullman Cyclones and Holly Pond Broncos will play for the Fireplug Championship at 5 p.m., West Point will take on the Good Hope Raiders in the Wee-Wee title game at 6:15 and the Cyclones will face the Raiders in the Pee-Wee championship at 7:30.

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