CULLMAN COUNTY YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Cyclones win Fireplug, Pee-Wee titles; Warriors capture Wee-Wee championship

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The Cullman Cyclones won this year’s Fireplug and Pee-Wee football championships while the West Point Winners finished as this year’s Wee-Wee champions. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – This year’s Cullman County Youth Football season officially came to an end Tuesday night with three championship matchups. The Cullman Cyclones took this year’s Fireplug title with a 14-0 win over Holly Pond, the West Point Warriors finished as Wee-Wee champions after defeating the Good Hope Raiders 14-8 and the Cyclones clinched this year’s Pee-Wee title as well by knocking off the Raiders 52-0 in Tuesday’s nightcap.

Fireplug: Cullman Cyclones 14 – Holly Pond Broncos 0

The Fireplug game got things started Tuesday and the Cyclones jumped out to an early lead. After a scoreless first quarter, Isaac Phillips scored from a yard out to make it an 8-0 game early in the second quarter and Cullman went into the half with an 8-0 advantage. Most of the third quarter was scoreless as well until Cullman’s Briar Lackey ran in one from 7 yards out to put the Cyclones on top 14-0 with less than a minute to play in the third.

The Broncos were kept out of the end zone in the fourth quarter and Cullman held on to win Tuesday’s first championship game 14-0 over Holly Pond.

Wee-Wee: West Point Warriors 14 – Good Hope Raiders 8

This was the closest of Tuesday night’s title matches that very nearly went into overtime but in the end, it was the West Point Warriors that escaped with the win. After a scoreless opening quarter, Carter McAfee put West Point on the board early in the second with a 42-yard touchdown burst that made it an 8-0 game.

The Warriors took an 8-0 lead into the halftime break, but Good Hope didn’t go away. Cohen Moore punched one in from a yard out to tie the game midway through the third quarter and the score stayed knotted at 8 with just two minutes remaining. That’s when McAfee went 92 yards for his second score of the night and put West Point on top 14-8 with 1:40 to play. The Raiders got the ball deep into Warriors territory after a big run from Moore but couldn’t find the end zone before time expired and West Point held on to win this year’s Wee-Wee championship 14-8.

Pee-Wee: Cullman Cyclones 52 – Good Hope Raiders 0

The Cullman Cyclones left no doubt in this one. Asher Drake went 45 yards on the ground to put the Cyclones up 8-0 late in the first quarter and ran in his second score of the night, this time from 41 yards out, to make it 16-0 by the start of the second. Weston Keel burst through for a 55-yard touchdown to put Cullman up 22-0 midway through the second quarter and the Cyclones took a three-touchdown lead into the halftime break.

Cullman continued to add to its lead in the second half. Landon Pitts connected with Drake on a screen pass early in the third quarter and 41 yards later, the Cyclones had a 30-0 lead. On Cullman’s next possession, Keel went 45 yards to the house for his second touchdown of the night to make it 38-0 and Drake found the end zone once more, this time with a 37-yard pick-six, to stretch the lead to 46-0 going into the final frame.

Jacob Mahler scored the final points of the night when he drove the pile across the goal line from 2 yards out midway through the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 52-0 and secure this year’s Pee-Wee crown for the Cyclones.

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