Sportspage Game of the Week
At James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope:
Tanner 0 0 0 0 - 0
Good Hope 12 14 6 0 - 32
GH: Bailey Quick 26 pass to Zac Bagwell (kick failed) 4:03 in 1st
GH: Matt Dixon 14 run (pass failed) 0:36 in 1st
GH: Dixon 2 run (Walter Perez kick) 5:43 in 2nd
GH: Dixon 4 run (Perez kick) 1:31 in 2nd
GH: Colton Bagwell 20 run (kick failed) 9:33 in 3rd
FLASH NOTES: Homecoming was celebrated by Good Hope's performance on the turf, rushing for 271 yards, scoring four touchdowns, three by senior Matt Dixon.
Dixon's 14-yard run to the end zone in the first quarter was a thing of beauty with Dixon staying on his feet, breaking tackles.
The Raiders, one of 20 schools in the AHSAA who are using instant replay this season, had the play challenged by Tanner coach Oscar Bonds.
But the call stood and the Raiders took a two-score advantage into the second period.
A 10-yard drive by the Raiders was set up from a 55-yard punt return by Zac Bagwell with 7:00 to go in the second. Dixon finished the three play drive from the two and the Raiders were up 19-0.
Tanner had two opportunities to get into the end zone before the half ended, but failed due to penalties. The Rattlers had a first and goal from the three, only for it to be fourth and goal from the Good Hope 19, due to two false starts and a holding penalty.
After the Raiders took over from their 19 with 2:23 left in the half, Dixon got free for a 77-yard run to the four and carried it over on the next play. The kick by Perez boosted the Good Hope margin to 26-0.
On their first series of the third quarter, the Raiders completed their scoring by taking it 57 yards as Colton Bagwell blasted in on a 20-yard run.
Bagwell finished with 109 yards on eight carries and a TD, Dixon tore through the Rattlers for 137 yards on 10 rushes and three TDs.
Quick completed three passes for 44 yards and a TD to Zac Bagwell. The Raiders would amass 13 first downs.
The defense was a big story as Alan Scott's squad stopped Tanner four times on fourth down conversions, made eight tackles behind the line for minus 53 yards.
Tanner was trying to score on the Raider reserves late in the game when it was fourth and goal from the Good Hope two.
A bad snap was mishandled by QB Nathan Montgomery as he was dropped at the 20 for an 18-yard loss on a good tackle by Perez.
Good Hope is off to its best start under Scott in his fourth season at 4-0. The Raiders have their first shutout since the end of the 2017 season in which they blanked Hanceville 29-0.
This was the first meeting between the two schools.
Up next for Good Hope: Friday vs. Oak Grove 7:00 p.m.
Photo of Good Hope coach Alan Scott, QB Bailey Quick, WR Matt Hancock during Cullman County Media Day Aug. 21.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton