PREP FOOTBALL: Winston County routs Cold Springs in region game, 46-21

Cold Springs' Roberto Ayala fights for some yards during the Eagles' 46-21 region loss to Winston County. (Sammy Confer for The Cullman Tribune)

DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. – Cold Springs looked to keep its playoff hopes alive Friday night at Winston County, but a huge first-half deficit was too much to overcome for the Eagles, and the Yellow Jackets flew away with the game, 46-21.

Cold Springs started out strong on its opening possession, moving the ball inside the 25-yard line, but the Eagles got stuffed on fourth down and the Yellow Jackets took over on downs. They didn’t waste any time, either, scoring on a 79-yard run on the first play and tacking on a 6-yard run on their next series. Winston County took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.

The Eagles looked to get something going to start the next period, but they coughed the ball up on third down and Winston County took the fumble 55 yards to the end zone to make it 22-0. An offsides penalty on the Yellow Jackets on fourth down kept Cold Springs’ next series alive. Brodi Williams found Izaiah Estell for a 21-yard gain after the penalty, but two plays later, Williams’ was intercepted and Winston County returned it 65 yards for the score, putting the Yellow Jackets up 30-0. 

Roberto Ayala started to get the ground game going for the Eagles on their next series, picking up a pair of first downs, but a penalty quickly stalled the drive, and they were forced to punt. Cold Springs went to the locker room trailing 30-0.

Cold Springs surprised Winston County with an onside kick to open the second half and the Eagles quickly found the end zone on just three plays with Ayala scoring from 3 yards out to make it a 30-7 game. The Yellow Jackets countered with a 17-yard run, and after another interception, made it 46-7 on a 1-yard run. The Eagles scored the final two touchdowns when Williams found Ayala for a 10-yard score and Ayala found the end zone on a 2-yard run to put the final score at 46-21.

Williams passed for more than 120 yards in the game and had a touchdown. Ayala rushed for more than 100 yards on the night and had a pair of scores, plus a receiving touchdown, for Cold Springs.

Cold Springs (4-4, 2-3) will look to quickly regroup next Friday night when the Eagles host Lamar County in a pivotal region game.

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