There is a first time for everything- is one.
It just wasn't meant to be- is another.
Strangely, it was Carbon Hill fans exclaiming both on the drive home from Double Springs Friday night.
The Bulldogs (0-5) found themselves in the lead for the first time this year with 11:11 left in the first half.
But it was not meant to be.
The Yellow Jackets of Winston County (4-1) stormed back to take a 27-8 lead to the locker room and never looked back.
Carbon Hill held the Yellow Jackets to just 22 yards on the game’s opening drive before forcing a punt. But the Bulldogs were plagued from the outset by penalties, finally turning the ball over on downs at Winston County 23-yard line.
That is when the Cody Henderson show began. On the second play of the ensuing drive, he took the handoff up the middle untouched for a 66 yard touchdown score. A penalty for illegal participation put the extra point out of reach, leaving the score 6-0 with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
Carbon Hill answered on the next drive, going 54 yards on 9 plays for a touchdown. Ryan Simerly capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs then lined up as if to kick an extra point but faked. The holder passed to wide open sophomore William Wilson, giving them an 8-6 lead.
The Bulldogs wanted to preserve that feeling as long as possible. A short kickoff was fumbled by Winston County’s Tyler Linzer allowing William Wilson to again come up big for Carbon Hill. The fumble recovery set the Bulldogs up with a first down on the Yellow Jacket 33 yard line with a chance to add to their lead.
But it was not meant to be. A quick three and out created by solid defense and the Yellow Jackets had the ball right back.
They would not squander the opportunity, taking the ball 80 yards on 7 plays for a touchdown to take back the lead.
The Yellow Jackets would score again with 5:06 remaining on a 2-yard Cody Henderson touchdown run to take a 20-8 lead. When they marched down the field, 83 yards unmolested- with only 1:19 left in the half, scoring with 0:04 left to take a 27-8 lead, everyone knew it was over.
But that 9 yard pass from Seth Blanton to Cody Henderson would not be the end of the show Henderson put on for the Double Springs crowd. He would finish with 173 yards rushing on just 10 carries with 2 touchdowns and also gained 37 yards on four receptions with another touchdown and 4 yards on defense. Tyler Linzer led all defenders with 7.5 tackles.
Ryan Simerly would add another rushing touchdown and a two point conversion to cut the deficit to 40-16. Simerly's 134 yards on 25 carries paced the Bulldogs. Daniel Woddard was 5-15 passing for Carbon Hill for 50 yards, but also led the team with five tackles.
Winston County will have an area battle at Cordova next week, while Carbon Hill hopes to bounce back at home against Calera.