Winston County starts Mitchell era with comeback win

By CLAYTON MEHEARG, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 8/25/18

DOUBLE SPRINGS — The Mark Mitchell era of Winston County football is off and running.

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Winston County starts Mitchell era with comeback win

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DOUBLE SPRINGS — The Mark Mitchell era of Winston County football is off and running.

Winston County battled back from a halftime deficit with a pair of second-half touchdowns in a 28-16 win over Hackleburg at Malcolm Blake Stadium on Friday night.

Hackleburg, coming off a 10-win season last year in Class 1A, led 16-12 at the half, but was held in check in the second half by a hard-nosed Yellow Jacket defense. The Panthers gained just 38 yards in the loss, including 32 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

Austin Owens put Winston County on top to stay in the third quarter, breaking loose for a 47-yard touchdown run. Brooks Bonds converted the two-point conversion, giving the Jackets an 18-16 lead.

Owens also added the dagger on an 11-yard touchdown run with 6:31 left in the game that put Hackleburg away.

Hackleburg struck first on Friday night with Kaleb Moore going in from three yards out. The two-point conversion put the Panthers up 8-0 with 6:38 left in the opening quarter.

Winston County bounced back with Austin Owens returning the kickoff 89 yards for a score, cutting the gap to 8-6 at the 6:22 mark of the quarter.

The Jackets grabbed the lead in the second quarter with Bonds hitting Samuel Taylor on an 18-yard touchdown pass, making the score 12-8 with 10:55 left in the first half.

Hackleburg got its final score with 3:23 left in the second quarter on Moore’s 11-yard run. The two-point conversion put the Panthers up 16-12.

Offensively, Owens rushed seven times for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go with his kickoff return for a score. James Moore added 71 yards on eight attempts. Bonds was 6 of 13 for 78 yards and a touchdown passing the ball.

Winston County plays at Meek next week in another non-region game.