PREP FOOTBALL: West Point drops region opener at Russellville 48-14

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The West Point Warriors fell to Russellville on the road Friday night 48-14. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – The West Point Warriors made the trip to Russellville to open up region play Friday night and they had their hands full with the Tigers. Russellville built a 41-0 lead in the first half and the Warriors were unable to overcome the early lead, falling to the Tigers on the road 48-14.

The Tigers scored early and often in the opening half, taking a 7-0 lead on a touchdown run early in the first quarter. After driving down into Russellville territory on their first possession, the Warriors were forced to turn the ball over on downs and two plays later, an 85-yard touchdown run put the Tigers on top 14-0. West Point fumbled the ensuing kickoff return and Russellville took advantage of the short field, punching another one into the end zone to make it a 20-0 game going into the second quarter.

The Tigers added two more touchdown runs early in the second quarter to stretch their lead to 34-0 and they tacked on one more in the final minute of the period to take commanding, 41-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Russellville scored again early in the third quarter to make it a 48-0 game, but the Warriors were finally able to get on the board later in the period when Hunter Hensley ran one into the end zone from 2 yards out to trim the lead to 48-7. West Point was able to score again later in the fourth when Hensley found Brayden Monfort streaking over the middle and he took it 65 yards all the way to the house to make it a 48-14 game with six minutes to play. However, those were the last points the Warriors could put on the board and Russellville went on to win it 48-14.

West Point will return home next week to host Fairview in this year’s edition of the Brandin’ Iron Bowl.

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