Sumiton Christian's season ends against Fyffe
by The Times-Journal
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FYFFE — Second-ranked Fyffe’s troubles were few with Sumiton Christian in the first round of the state playoffs Friday night. The Red Devils had more problems with themselves.

Fyffe had an uncharacteristic fumble that was scooped up for an early Eagles score and the Red Devils were flagged 12 times for 125 yards.

Despite the setbacks, Fyffe racked up 563 yards of total offense en route to a 48-6 win over Sumiton Christian.

“We got off to a slow start, and the turnover got them going,” Fyffe coach Paul Benefield said. “The defense played great not giving up any points, but I was disappointed with the number of penalties.”

Fyffe (11-0) will face Woodland (7-4), a team that put the Red Devils out of the playoffs last year, in the second round of postseason play Friday night. The Bobcats defeated Colbert Heights 41-23 to make it to the second round.

“We have a tough game with Woodland ahead of us next week,” Benefield said.

Sumiton Christian (6-5) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead as Nathan Godwin scooped up a Fyffe fumble and raced 65 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter.

Then the Fyffe onslaught began. Red Devils running back Joseph Harris scored his first of two touchdowns of the night on a 59-yard run to give the Red Devils a 7-6 lead midway through the first.

Fyffe quarterback Tyler Wellington found the end zone for the first of three TDs, this one on a 6-yard scamper to up the lead to 14-6 late in the first.

Red Devils running back Tyler Tuten scored from 5 yards out midway through the second to push the Fyffe lead to 21-6.

It was Harris finding the end zone on his second score of the night on a 59-yard touchdown run late in the second to give Fyffe a 28-6 lead at the half.

Wellington scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third. The first came on a 40-yard run early in the quarter. The second came midway through the third on a 29-yard run to give the Red Devils a 41-6 lead. Fyffe’s Levi Bates rounded out the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.

Harris finished the night with four carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

Wellington added three TDs on 10 carries for 129 yards. Running back Randy Blackwell racked up 111 yards on 12 carries in a game that featured 541 yards total rushing spread out among 11 rushers for Fyffe.

The Fyffe defense limited the Eagles to 114 yards total offense and four first downs.