Cold Springs outlasts Winston County, 20-14

By BARRY BARNETT, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/11/19

DOUBLE SPRING — The fans at Malcolm Blake Stadium in Double Springs were treated to an extremely competitive ball game Friday night as the Winston County Yellow Jackets faced off against the visiting Cold Springs Eagles.

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Cold Springs outlasts Winston County, 20-14

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DOUBLE SPRING — The fans at Malcolm Blake Stadium in Double Springs were treated to an extremely competitive ball game Friday night as the Winston County Yellow Jackets faced off against the visiting Cold Springs Eagles.

The Class 2A Region 5 battle featured four lead changes and was tied 14-14 headed into the final quarter before Cold Springs pulled in front for good and earned a 20-14 victory.

The defense put Winston County in business early in the first period, coming up with an interception in the opening Cold Springs series that gave the Jacket offense the ball at the Eagle 13-yard line.

From there, it only took three plays to find the end zone. Austin Owens ran for 7 and then 5 yards, setting up first and goal at the one. Brooks Bonds took it in himself with a 1-yard quarterback sneak, giving the Yellow Jackets a 6-0 lead.

Both defensive units remained stingy throughout the first quarter.

Cold Springs (4-3, 3-1) then forced a 3-and-out on the first Winston County possession of the second stanza.

After a short punt, the Eagles took over at the Jacket 44. Five plays later, Cold Springs quarterback Brodi Williams executed a 1-yard touchdown run of his own to tie the score at 6-6. A pitch-out to Ayden Alexander resulted in the 2-pt conversion that gave the Eagles an 8-6 lead, which is where the score remained as the teams headed to intermission.

Winston County received the second half kick-off and again opened the half with a bang. Bonds carried the ball on four consecutive rushes, including the longest play of the night, a 54-yard sweep down the left sideline that put the Jackets back on top.

Bonds also carried in the 2-pt. conversion that made the score 14-8 with 9:30 remaining in the quarter.

The next Cold Springs drive advanced the ball just across midfield.

Winston County’s defense stopped the Eagles again, forcing a punt which rolled dead at the 15-yard line. The Yellow Jackets suffered another 3-and-out, and Alexander returned the Winston County punt all the way back to the 13.

Alexander carried the ball all three times on the Eagle drive, as well, scoring from six yards out to tie the score at 14-14 with 3:56 remaining in the third.

After the Cold Springs kick-off, disaster struck for the Yellow Jackets. A fumbled exchange on their next play from scrimmage gave the ball right back to the Eagles at the Winston County 31.

The Yellow Jacket defense made things tough on Cold Springs, though, with a valiant effort that forced the Eagles to take 11 plays to cover the yardage. Cold Springs converted a 4th-and-1 and a 4th-and-6 on the drive, and scored on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 9:30 to go in the game.

Jordan Lacey rushed up the middle for the Eagle touchdown, just stretching the ball across the goal line for the game’s final points.

Winston County (2-5, 0-4) will travel to Southeastern for another region contest next week.