Falkville falls to Danville in fourth quarter nail-biter

Lauren Estes

Hartselle Enquirer

A long-time-running Morgan County rivalry battled it out from start to finish in Falkville Friday night resulting in a Hawk victory 47-30. Due to a lightning delay, the game did not kick-off until 8:15 p.m.

Danville led most of the game, at one point late in the second quarter led 25-0.

The Hawks scored on the first play of their opening drive. Quarterback Landon Tidwell carried the ball 59 yards for an early lead over Falkville. The PAT was short but Danville still led 6-0.

The Hawks forced a Blue Devil three-and-out and created a scoring drive from it. It took four plays to the move the ball 91 yards which ended with Zac Baker rushing for 31-yards into the end-zone for the second Hawk touchdown of the ball game. They elected to go for two, but were unsuccessful.

The next score looked much like the last two. Another strong defensive hold by Danville forced a three and out. Then, Danville called four plays and on the fifth play called the number of Jacob Morehead to walk into the end-zone on a one-yard carry. Leo Soto was connected on the extra point and DHS lead FHS 19-0 with 4:27 to play in the first quarter.

After fighting the wet field and defensively holding one another, the next score didn’t come in until halfway into the second quarter. Following an intercepted pass by Zac Baker for the Hawks, quarterback Tidwell would keep the ball for 66 yards on the following play for a touchdown and sent the lead 25-0.

Falkville made it’s first big appearance in the game through Peyton Carroll as he blocked the Hawk’s extra point attempt and set the tone for the next two quarters.

Falkville got on the board for the first time in the game with 1:23 to play in the first half. A seven-play drive set up the 34-yard pass play for a touchdown from quarterback Aaron Dove to Caleb Vinson. Vinson was also successful on the two-point conversion play and the goose egg was no more as Danville led 25-8 at the half.

To start the third quarter, Danville took the ball as they deferred the first half at the coin toss prior to the game.

Falkville was able to force a fumble a few plays later and Tyler Robinson recovered it for the Blue Devils.

Dove connected with Zach Brown on a 15-yard pass play for a touchdown on a 10-play, 57 yard drive. Vinson fought into the end-zone on his two-point conversion attempt, which sent the Blue Devils rallying back 25-16.

Danville did not let up and replied with a touchdown. Jacob Morehead ran the ball four yards into the end-zone following a 45-yard, five play drive. Morehead also connected on a two-point conversion. With 5:37 to play in the third quarter, the Hawks led 33-16.

Several penalties and a turnover on downs made up half of the fourth quarter, and both of the teams continued to battle the wet field.

Falkville’s A.J. Robinson recovered a Hawk fumble on the 49-yard line, which set up the next Blue Devil touchdown. With 5:59 to play in the game, FHS took the ball 51-yards on six plays and finished with a 30-yard pass play from Dove to Jacob Holladay. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 33-22.

The crowd then found themselves with a nail-bitter for the next five minutes.

Falkville forced a Danville three-and-out and then blocked the Hawk’s punt on the 32-yard line. Falkville’s Hunter Shelnutt quickly grabbed the ball and ran it a few yards in for a touchdown. Dove found Brown for a pass in the far right side on the end-zone for the two-point conversion. Just like that, Falkville had cut the Danville lead to only three points at 33-30 with 3:26 to play in the ball game.

Falkville’s onside kick did not pan out the way they wanted it to and Danville recovered securely on the 45-yard line with a short field to work with.

It took five plays and two minutes for the Hawks to make up the 45 yards and score another touchdown. Tidwell scored on a 20-yard quarterback keeper and Soto was true on his extra point giving Danville a two-score lead 40-30.

Falkville found momentum one last time and had back-to-back first downs, but were followed by back to back incomplete passes. The blue Devils then had a pass picked off by the Hawks with just 10 seconds left in the game. Danville elected to still run the ball and scored on a 51-yard quarterback keeper with one-second left on the scoreboard. Soto was successful on his extra point and Danville went on to win 47-30.

Falkville Head Coach Joel Schrenk felt it was hard to come back and beat any team who has outscored you by 25, but he was so proud of the heart the players fought with.

“Danville had a good plan. I thought I did a poor job of preparing our kids to stop their rushing attack. My hat is off to Coach Lou Allen and his staff. We did fight back and get in the game” Shrenk said, “We never did quit and I know that experience will help us as we head into major region play. We are looking forward to getting better this week and traveling to Cleveland Friday night for a game against a top ten, really good team.”

Falkville will travel to Cleveland on Friday.


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