Statistics never lie when it comes to covering a sporting event. The numbers from Friday's West Point-Corner football game is just like many that follow the daily routine of the New York Stock Exchange.
Very gaudy numbers to say the least.
In the highest scoring game the two have ever played against one another, there were plenty of fireworks throughout the evening, beginning with Hunter Persall's 90-yard kickoff return to send West Point to the lead.
Persall would add two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and the Warriors had Corner stunned, leading 21-0.
An end around from Hunter Appling gave West Point a 28-0 cushion with 5:00 to go until halftime. Game over? No way.
Corner would score two touchdowns in the final two and a half minutes to close the margin to 28-14. That was just the beginning of what would be a wild 5A, Region 6 clash that was five minutes shy of being played for three hours on a humid night for the first evening of Autumn.
The Jefferson County visitors tallied four TDs in the third on four possessions, getting the Warriors down 42-28 with some West Point fans thinking of heading to the exits.
Poise is the best way to describe the West Point fourth quarter. Persall carried 12 times for 112 yards in the stanza, the Warriors drove it into the Corner end zone on three consecutive series and turned a sure loss into a huge 49-42 victory.
Persall is the latest in West Point running backs to make a name for himself. He had 272 yards rushing, four touchdowns, plus the kickoff return for a score. Persall ran for 104 yards in the first quarter and had 112 when the game was on the line in the final period.
West Point got 444 yards of offense, 349 from running the ball, with some timely throws by Rylan Jones that netted 95 yards. The Warriors had two scoring drives of 96 and 94 yards, scored the first four times they touched the ball and three straight fourth quarter TDs, before the final was kneel down after stopping Corner at the West Point 33.
Corner's six touchdown drives between late in the second and through the third quarter was impressive. The Yellow Jackets finished with 300 yards, giving us 744 total yards by two teams, 91 points, 33 first downs, 13 touchdowns, five drives of 70 yards or better, 10 extra points in 12 attempts.
Again statistics don't lie. All that matters is West Point 2-1 in 5A, Region 6, trailing undefeated Mortimer Jordan at 3-0 and Hayden 2-0. The Warriors have Mortimer Jordan coming to town October 13. Mortimer Jordan and Hayden play at Hayden October 27. These are the top three fighting for position for the postseason when it arrives in October.
Now to the rest of what happened from Friday and what to look to for this week.
Well wishes for Coach Britton:
Mark Britton felt it was time to say goodbye from the gridiron. Perhaps, it was to inspire the Cullman Bearcats Friday in which it did with a fourth quarter comeback to knock off undefeated Fort Payne 20-16 at Oliver Woodard Stadium.
It keeps the Bearcats in contention in 6A, Region 7 at 2-1, trailing Oxford (3-0) and Pell City (2-0) in the standings. The Bearcats head to Pell City on October 6 when they resume the regional schedule.
The win was No. 150 for Britton in 20 seasons coaching high school football. Add that to 199 baseball victories at Cullman from 1988 to 1997 and Britton has been an impact in Cullman High athletics for a period of 30 years.
Still looking for a home victory:
Winning at James Shabel Stadium for the Good Hope Raiders has not happened in two years. The last time they walked off their own field with a victory was the last Friday in September in a 47-6 rout of Curry.
Cordova visited the campus Friday, leading early and ending it with a 26-14 final that dropped the Raiders to 1-2 in 4A, Region 6 and 0-2 at home this year.
Alan Scott and his Raiders hope to correct the issue this week when the Cold Springs Eagles come to Shabel Stadium for a Cullman County clash.
Hard times for some teams:
Some of our local teams are taking it rough, to say the least. Hanceville has lost four straight after opening the season with a win over Cold Springs. Cold Springs has lost two straight following a victory in Week 2 against Berry.
Fairview has gone down to defeat in two consecutive 5A, Region 6 assignments with Vinemont taking it on the chin to an undefeated Fultondale team after the Eagles had their first win for new coach Stephen Robinson the week before. The Eagles' three losses are to teams that have a combined record of 8-5.
Broncos waiting to resume schedule:
Holly Pond was the odd man out on Friday in 3A, Region 6. The Broncos used the week to prepare for key games in the upcoming weeks in the region. Holly Pond host Locust Fork October 6, play at Hanceville October 13, entertain Fultondale October 20 and go to Vinemont October 27.
Mike Bates' squad is 3-1, 1-1 in the region and very optimistic of more good things to happen out in Bronco land.
Key games for final Friday in September:
Cold Springs @ Good Hope - Eagles and Raiders hook up in county grudgematch.
Fayette County @ Cullman - Bearcats meet a 4-0 team that was idle on September 22.
Addison @ Vinemont - Bulldogs come in angry after upset loss to Lynn in 1A, Region 7.
Fairview @ Priceville - Aggies hope to resume winning vs. a Priceville team that is 0-4.
Hanceville @ Clements - Bulldogs eager to stop skid and avenge 10-7 loss to Colts in 2016.
Asbury @ Holly Pond - Broncos are 3-0 at home and superior against 2nd year program.
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