Carbon Hill played the game without head coach Rodney Dollar, who was taken away by ambulance prior to the start of the game.
The heart and effort of the Bulldogs wasn’t enough to stop the speed and strong running game of the Tigers.
The Carbon Hill defense took the field first, as they stopped the first drive of the Tigers early, forcing a turnover. This lead Carbon Hill’s Hunter Nesmith to connect with Stevie Simmerly on a pass for the first touchdown of the night with 5:32 left in the opening quarter. An unsuccessful conversion left the score at 6-0.
The momentum stayed with the Bulldogs as they kicked off and the Tigers fumbled early, allowing Carbon Hill to recover the football on its own 46-yard line. The Bulldogs couldn’t produce on the drive, leading to a turnover on downs.
West Blocton brothers Jake and Evan Vick connected down the field on several attempts, before Jaylon Gaines put the Tigers on the scoreboard. A successful point-after kick made the score 7-6 with the visiting Tigers in the lead with 11:28 left in the half.
West Blocton booted the football to the Bulldogs, but incomplete passes forced the Bulldogs to punt the ball away.
West Blocton’s Leonard Ward immediately ran a 42-yard touchdown run, bringing the Tigers’ lead to 14-6 with 7:59 left in the second quarter of play.
The Bulldogs following possession mirrored the last, as three unsuccessful plays brought them to another punting situation. Gaines wasted no time dashing for the end zone again, with his second touchdown of the evening bringing the score to 20-6 with 6:39 left in the half.
An unsuccessful drive and a blocked punt slowed the momentum for the Bulldogs, as the Tigers set up shop on the 13-yard line. A Tiger fumble on first down was quickly recovered by the Tigers, but another fumble on the very next play found itself covered by a mountain of blue jerseys.
Carbon Hill took possession on their own 5-yard line, but the young Bulldog team couldn’t organize a strategy that would result in moving the ball down the field. A punt to the Tigers found itself in the arms of Ward, who lit up the scoreboard again, bringing up a 28-6 score with 1:28 left before halftime.
Carbon Hill freshman quarterback Hunter NeSmith connected with Chandler Gann and Stevie Simmerly to march the ball down the field, soon finding themselves in the end zone as they cut the Tigers lead to 28-12 with just thirty seconds left in the half.
West Blocton followed through with an immediate touchdown run by Andrew Fulmer, with 34-12 lighting up the board as the bands took the field for halftime.
The Tigers proved to be motivated more as they took the field in the third quarter, forcing the ‘Dogs to punt away. West Blocton’s Ward made another touchdown for the evening, finding the end zone on a nine yard run.
Mistakes and incomplete passes marred the Bulldogs on the next possession as well, as West Blocton’s Jacob Parks found himself scoring on a four-yard run to solidify the final score of 48-12, with the Tigers pulling out a victory of the young Bulldogs, who are still trying to find their first win of the season.