MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Good Hope edges Vinemont on the road 18-16

The Good Hope Raiders edged the Vinemont Eagles 18-16 Tuesday night. (Ryan Guthery for The Cullman Tribune)

VINEMONT, Ala. — The Good Hope Raiders traveled to play county rival Vinemont Tuesday night after the contest was rained out Monday and after a close, muddy matchup, the Raiders left with an 18-16 win. Good Hope started the game with a pooch kick that was recovered by the Raiders. Four plays later they found the endzone when Malin Tucker scored from 3 yards out, putting Raiders up 6-0 with 6:15 remaining in the opening quarter. Vinemont went on a lengthy drive that carried over into the second quarter, but the drive stalled when the Eagles failed to convert on fourth down.

The Raiders marched down the field and capped off another scoring drive with another Tucker touchdown run, this time from 15 yards out with 26.5 seconds remaining until halftime. The score extended the Raider lead to 12-0. The Raiders took the second half kickoff and four plays later, Tucker found the endzone for a third time, this time from 7 yards out, stretching the Good Hope lead to 18-0 with 5:43 left in the third quarter. Vinemont began to climb back into it and cut into the lead with a five-play scoring drive of its own capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run from Rush Sandlin that made it 18-8 after the successful conversion late in the third quarter.

On the first play of the ensuing Raiders possession, the Eagles forced and recovered a fumble that set up a 37-yard touchdown run by Kayden Henderson as time expired in the third quarter, sending the game into the fourth quarter with the Raiders hanging on to a slim 18-16 advantage. Good Hope drove down the field and got into a first and goal opportunity with a chance to put the game away but the Eagle defense stepped up to force a turnover on downs and give their offense another opportunity to score and with the game.

However, Vinemont was unable to convert on fourth down and Good Hope was able to run out the clock and secure a big, 18-16 victory on the road.

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