PREP FOOTBALL: Cold Springs tops Curry in season opener 36-14

The Cold Springs Eagles kicked off the 2022 season with a 36-14 win over Curry Friday night. (Katie Drummond/The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – Curry visited the Cold Springs Eagles to kick off the 2022 season Friday night, but the Eagles were prepared for them. Cold Springs took control of the game early and sent the Yellow Jackets back home with a 36-14 loss. Friday night’s win was Cold Springs’ first victory since a 21-19 win over Sulligent during the 2020 season.

Cold Springs received the opening kickoff and started at their own 35. Behind a very strong running game, featuring Victor Laurentius and Hank Harrison, they drove the ball down to the Yellow Jacket’s 1-yard line where quarterback Tucker Philbeck took the ball in for the opening score. The two-point conversion failed. Cold Springs led 6-0.

Curry started on their own 35 after the kickoff sailed out of bounds. It looked like the Yellow Jackets was going to tie the game as they reached the Eagles 6-yard line but turned it over on downs. 

Starting on their own 6, the Eagles Hank Harrison took off on a 42-yard scamper to get the Eagles out of the shadow of their own goal line. A 15-yard personal foul at the end of the run, against the Yellow Jackets, put the ball in Curry territory. Harrison was the work horse on the drive before Matt Williams takes the ball from the Curry 22 into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. The two-point conversion was good. Cold Springs leads 14-0. 

Curry came roaring back on its next two possessions to tie the game at 14.  

Cold Springs gets the ball back after Curry tied up the game with Dylan Smith taking the kickoff to Cold Springs 42. Going back to their running game, the Eagles retake the lead in the second quarter with 19 seconds left. Matt Williams scored his second touchdown of the evening. The two-point conversion was good. Cold Springs 22-14.

The Eagles surprised the Yellow Jackets with an onside kick, recovered by the kicker Harrison, ending the quarter and taking a 22-14 lead into halftime. 

Rain soaked the field at halftime and into the third quarter. The Eagles showed what it takes to win a game. Not letting up, they kept it on the ground. With their coaches and fans yelling 3 yards every time they snapped the ball. It seemed like that was the battle cry of the night. Scoring twice more in the second half. The game was put away with a quarter back sack by Mason Gable on fourth down to put away any threat by the Yellow Jackets. The Eagles played a solid game with only one punt and ball control. Final Cold Springs 36, the Yellow Jackets 14. 

Cold Springs will travel to Holly Pond next week to face the Broncos.

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