Tarrant defeats Falkville at home 48-22

Lauren Estes

Special to the Enquirer

A dominant Tarrant offense took charge of the game Friday night from start to finish leaving Falkville with their third loss in a row. 

The Wildcats were the first to get on the scoreboard following a pass play from quarterback Coryell Taylor to Emery Bryant for a touchdown just 40 seconds into the ball game. Derrick Washington was there to add the extra point. Falkville fought back in the following drive, but short runs a sack for a loss forced a turnover on downs. The Wildcats took advantage of the solid field position and four short plays later, Tarrant scored on a 50-yard quarterback keeper by Bryant even after a holding penalty. Washington was true on his point after attempt and Tarrant extended their lead 14-0 with 6:14 to play in the first quarter. 

Following a three-and out by Falkville, the Wildcats recovered their own punt return fumble to begin their drive on their own 37-yard-line. On the first play of the drive Javon Covington carried the ball 62-yards for a touchdown. Washington remained perfect on the night and sent the score to 21-0 with 10:25 to play in the second quarter. 

Multiple penalties by the Wildcats opened the door for Blue Devils to get back in the game. 

Seven minutes later, a 59-yard, seven-play drive lead by Falkville’s Caleb Vinson put the first Blue Devil points on the scoreboard. Caleb managed all seven carries for the 59 yards and walked the ball into the end zone on a one-yard carry. Quarterback Andy Dove found Zack Brown in the right side of the end zone to connect on a two-point conversion. 

Late in the second quarter following a penalty, Taylor found Covington for a 56-yard pass play for a touchdown for the Wildcats.  Emery Bryant was successful on the two-point conversion. Tarrant led FHS 29-8 at the half. 

FHS opened up the third quarter with a methodical 18-play, 70-yard drive that ended on a two-yard run for a touchdown by Caleb Vinson. Falkville’s two-point conversion failed, but they were back in the ball game with 4:32 to play in the third quarter.

 Much to the dismay of Falkville, Tarrant had a solid drive prepared of their own. The open play on their next offensive possession resulted in a touchdown following a 76-yard pass play from Taylor to Covington. Washingtons extra point was good and Tarrant extended their score again 36-14.

Falkville’s opening drive of the fourth quarter was promising following a big pass completion for 18-yards, but they couldn’t convert a short time later and lost the ball on a turnover on downs. 

Tarrant used to the turnover to their advantage and moved the ball 60 yards for a touchdown following the five-play drive. Covington managed a 39-yard run into the end zone. FHS was able to block the extra point attempt with just under seven minutes to play in the game. 

Another turnover on downs by the Blue Devils gave the Wildcats another opportunity to score before the game was over. Jawuan Dowdell carried the ball 68 yards for a touchdown with 3:56 to play in the game. Washington’s PAT was

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