At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Sportspage Game of the Week
Cold Springs 0 7 7 6 - 20
Hanceville 0 12 8 16 - 36
HV - Romeal Simmons 1 run (pass failed) 11:49 in 2nd
HV - R.J. Evans 26 run (pass failed) 4:56 in 2nd
CS - Brodie Williams 16 pass to Mason Harris (Adam Hill kick) 0:22 in 2ndCS - Caleb Roden 3 run (Hill kick) 6:24 in 3rd
HV - Brendan Flanigan 90 kickoff return (Alex Campbell pass to Flanigan) 6:07 in 3rd
CS - Jordan Lacey 87 pass to Harris (kick failed) 11:44 in 4th
HV - Evans 25 run (Campbell run) 10:25 in 4th
HV - Simmons 31 run (Campbell pass to Owen Harper) 6:50 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Special teams determined the outcome of an extreme competitive opener between the Bulldogs and Eagles on a humid Friday evening in Hanceville. A 45-yard return by Flanigan after the Cold Springs TD that tied the game at 20-20, gave Hanceville great field position at the Eagles' 45 yard line. They would score moments later and never trail for the rest of the contest.
A bad snap on a punt attempt by Kevin Brakefield was only for 12 yards with the Bulldogs setting up at the Cold Springs 40. Shortly after, Simmons went to the end zone and gave the Bulldogs breathing room to claim victory against the Eagles in back to back season openers.
Simmons would enjoy a great night with 166 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Evans was spectacular too, rushing for 133 yards and finding the end zone twice.
Flanigan's two kickoff returns in the second half was for 135 yards, one going for a score and the other setting up a TD drive.
With a new backfield for coach Rod Elliott, Cold Springs overcame a rough first quarter on offense, by gaining 63 yards through the air in the second period, driving 70 yards in four and a half minutes before time ran out in the half.
Harris caught a pass from Williams on fourth and goal and weaved his way to the end zone. That gave the Eagles momentum at halftime as they opened the third quarter with a 71-yard drive that put them in front for the first time.
Harris had a 20-yard reception to set up the score, plus good running by Roden and Austin Lively. Lively ran for 34 yards in the third with Roden netting 12. The Eagles had minus one yard on the ground going into intermission.
The 87-yard strike from Lacey to Harris completed a 90-yard drive after the defense stopped the Bulldogs on fourth down at the 10, coming up inches shy of maintaining possession.
But Hill missed the conversion. Then his kickoff was taken by Flanigan from the 10 and returned to the Cold Springs 45.
The Bulldogs would rush for 132 yards in the fourth quarter to the Eagles' three as field position and speed would serve in the direction for Hanceville to avoid defeat.
Hanceville had 19 first downs to seven for Cold Springs. The Bulldogs got penalized 10 times for 74 yards, the Eagles were flagged three for 30 yards.
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Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton