PREP FOOTBALL: Bearcats suffer 28-0 loss at Athens

Cullman fell to Athens on the road 28-0 Friday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

ATHENS, Ala. – Cullman hit the road Friday night for another region matchup against the Golden Eagles of Athens and it was a tough night on both sides of the ball for the Bearcats. After a scoreless first quarter, Athens scored twice in the second quarter and twice in the third quarter to secure a 28-0 win over Cullman.

After punting on their first possession, the ‘Cats forced a fumble and recovered it on the ensuing Athens possession to take over in Eagles’ territory. However, Cullman wasn’t able to get on the board after missing a 40-yard field goal attempt with three minutes to play in the opening quarter.

Athens was able to move the ball more effectively on its next drive, converting several third downs before punching one into the end zone from 2 yards out to take a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Cullman’s struggles continued on the offensive side of the ball and after being forced to punt the ball again, the Golden Eagles went to work on extending their lead. They capped off another scoring drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass on a screen play that made it 14-0 with just under seven minutes to play in the half.

Both teams got another possession before the break, but neither could get on the scoreboard and the ‘Cats went into the locker room trailing 14-0.

Athens continued to add to its lead in the third quarter, scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass midway through the period to make it a 21-0 game. Cullman’s ensuing possession was cut short by an interception and the Eagles took advantage with another scoring drive that was capped off by another 8-yard touchdown pass. The ‘Cats went into the final frame trailing 28-0.

Neither team was able to move the ball effectively in the fourth quarter but with the lead in hand, Athens was happy to let the clock run out and secure a 28-0 win over the Bearcats.

Cullman drops to 6-2 on the season with the loss but the ‘Cats will have to shake this one off and regroup with Muscle Shoals coming to Oliver Woodard Stadium next week.

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