Sportspage Game of the Week
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Good Hope 8 13 8 0 - 29 (4-6)
Hanceville 0 0 0 0 - 0 (1-9)
GH - Will Dickerson 21 run (Kyle Carlton run) 6:21 in 1st
GH - Colton Bagwell 7 run (Carlton kick) 7:09 in 2nd
GH - Bagwell 4 run (kick failed) 2:11 in 2nd
GH - Bagwell 3 run (Preston Bagwell pass to Matt Schwaiger) 2:40 in 3rd
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope showed improvement on the gridiron in 2017, capturing its fourth victory and third shutout vs. a Cullman County opponent.
The Raiders put the ball into the hands of freshman Colton Bagwell who responded with 123 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. This comes a week after Bagwell rushed for 121 yards in a loss to Dora.
Bagwell's performance was effective with regular starter Matt Dixon not able to be 100 percent healthy. Dixon gained 33 yards on six rushes, but turned his ankle late in the second quarter.
He was not needed as Colton Bagwell, with Matt Schwaiger, Hudson Leverett combining for 199 yards vs. the Bulldogs to close out with a positive ending and optimism heading into 2018 with plenty of talent returning in the backfield, plus at receiver and in the offensive line.
Good Hope's defense put a wrap on the Bulldogs' allowing them 90 yards total offense, 52 in the second half. The Hanceville passing game with freshman Bo Joles getting the start, gained 32 yards on the night. Joles was held to three of six for 10 yards in the final quarter. His longest completion of the night was 20 yards to Antonio Bautista in the second quarter.
The Raiders ran for 325 yards with eight carrying the ball. The final play was special with senior lineman Tucker Putman getting into the backfield and taking the football for a seven-yard advancement to the Hanceville 43 as time expired.
Good Hope netted 20 first downs, 12 in the first half, to take a 21-0 lead to the locker room.
Hanceville managed just four first downs for the game, giving up possession three times on the night on fourth down plays.
R.J. Evans was the bright spot in the final quarter for Craig Flanigan's squad with 30 yards on five runs, his longest gain being nine yards.
Kyle Carlton intercepted a Hanceville pass in the second period that set up a 55-yard TD drive, enabling the Raiders to move the advantage to 21-0. Colton Bagwell got the final three TDs for the Raiders.
The Good Hope-Hanceville series since 2010 has been controlled by the visitor. Six of the eight games played has been conquered by the road team with four straight wins coming by the visitor.
In 2015, Alan Scott brought his team to Talley Stadium and were led on that night by a freshman named Matt Dixon who ran strong in a 41-21 Raider victory.
In 2017, a freshman named Colton Bagwell anchored a strong performance in good old fashion running football with the Raiders getting the most wins (4) in a season since 2013.
The game was played with a 70 degree temperature at kickoff, a full moon and also patches of fog hanging above the field for the evening.
The game was over by 9:00 p.m. and never effected by rain, with a thunderstorm at West Point at that time that forced the Warriors' game with Lawrence County to go under a delay.
Photo 1: Good Hope QB Preston Bagwell takes the snap vs. Hanceville.
Photo 2: Raider RB Will Dickerson turns the corner in the fog in the 1st half.
Photo 3: Will Dickerson gets surrounded by Hanceville Bulldogs in the fog.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton