PREP FOOTBALL: West Point pulls away to top Vinemont 44-12

West Point QB Hunter Hensley races past defenders in the Warriors’ 44-12 win at Vinemont Friday night. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

VINEMONT, Ala. – While most teams started region play Friday night, the Eagles and the Warriors met on the field at Vinemont for another county rivalry matchup. It was a tight battle in the first half but in the second half West Point pulled away to earn a 44-12 victory over the Eagles.

“It’s just a young team that continues to learn and get better every week.” West Point Head Coach Don Farley said after the game.

The Eagles continued their trend of getting on the scoreboard first but this week it took a while, after both teams failed to convert on fourth down the Eagles went on a lengthy drive which ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by Brody Speer to put the Eagles up 6-0 with under two minutes to play in the first quarter. The ensuing drive the Eagles Ayden Thomason ended the Warriors drive with a big sack on fourth down to give the ball back to their offense, but three plays later Brody Freeman intercepted Vinemont’s pass to set up the Warriors with great field position. On fourth down Hunter Hensley found Parker Marks for a 44-yard touchdown to put the Warriors up 8-6 midway through the second quarter.

Vinemont quickly regained the lead at 12-8 when Speer broke free for a 65-yard touchdown with 4:43 remaining until halftime. West Point answered right back with a 19-yard run by Hensley to put the Warriors ahead with 3:28 remaining in the second quarter.

Coming out of the locker room Hensley found Marks for an 18-yard touchdown to extend the Warriors led to 24-12 with 8:03 remaining in the third quarter. After a three and out by the Eagles West Point tacked on another touchdown when Hensley punched into the endzone from 1 yard out to make it 30-12 with just 39 seconds remaining until the fourth quarter.

A fumble on the first play of the drive gave the ball right back to the Warriors which they capitalized on when Hensley scored from 23 yards out to stretch the Warriors lead to 38-12 early in the fourth quarter. Late in the fourth quarter Carter Rutherford put the finishing touches on the Warriors big second half as he added a 31-yard touchdown to put the Warriors up 44-12 with 1:30 remaining in the game. West Point held on to defeat Vinemont 44-12 and pick up its first win of the season.

The Warriors will return home next week to host a regional matchup against Russellville and the Eagles will be on the road for a region game at Brindlee Mountain.

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