FHS Falls again

Devils still in a drought after a battle in Burl Vest

Lauren Estes

Hartselle Enquirer

Since defeating Decatur Heritage in the season opener by one point, the Blue Devils haven’t found consistency on either side of the ball to end the losing streak. Falkville’s offense has been led steadily by the rushing yards of veteran Caleb Vinson who found himself on the injured list minutes into the opening quarter against West End at Burl Vest stadium on Friday night.

The Patriots put up the first score of the ball game after not being able to maneuver past a well-defended end-zone, they elected to kick a 31-yard field goal. Payne Stancil sank the kick with ease.

After a quick defensive stop, West End had the ball again working with a 69-yard field. Six plays later quarterback Stancil connected with Andre Little on a 33-yard pass play for a touchdown. The quarterback turned kicker was true on his extra point attempt, sending the score 10-0 with 5:25 to play in the first quarter.

A series of mishaps by FHS, including a fumble received by the Patriots put the ball on the Blue Devil 25-yard line. Stancil found his favorite wide out’s number again and put together a 20-yard pass play for a touchdown. However, Stancil hit the uprights in the extra point attempt the ball fell short giving West End only six points from the drive.

The Patriots had the ball going into the second quarter and put together a 45-yard, seven-play drive to score on a one-yard carry by Little. Stancil sent the PAT soaring through the uprights and West End led FHS 23-0 with 10:09 to play before halftime.

Falkville would find themselves with a score of their own. A 66-yard, 11 play drive made way for the Fred Walls touchdown run from the one-yard line into the end zone. Quarterback Aaron Dove found Zack Brown on a quick pass cutting into the end zone for the two-point conversion, putting eight points on the board for the Blue Devils.

After a strong offensive drive by the Patriots and then a goal line stand by the Blue Devils, FHS took over from their own 4-yard line.

West End managed a safety a few plays later sending the score 25-8 just before halftime.

The Patriots had the ball to start the third quarter, but a strong defensive presence by Falkville held off a potential scoring drive by West End.

FHS started their first offensive drive of the second half on their own 33-yard line. Two plays later, Dove fumbled and it was recovered by Junior Tomas and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. The Pat’s two point conversion failed and they led 31-8 with 8:31 to play.

From that point, an overly physical game involving multiple personal fouls grew even more heated.

At the 6:11 mark of the third quarter, the head official called the game because of the circumstances of the physicality.

After multiple discussions, a group talk between school principals, law enforcement, and the officiating team, they agreed to allow the teams to come back out and finish the game upon an agreement of sportsmanship and level-headed playing.

West End was given back possession of the ball after previously having it before the game was called. They went on to score on a run by Gage Lankford shortly before the end of the fourth quarter. The PAT was good by Stancil. The Pat’s led 38-8 going into the final 12 minutes of the game.

A seven play drive by the Blue Devils including the key 51-yard pass play to Jacob Holladay led to the short touchdown pass to Holladay by Dove. Dove also connected to Noah Holmes for the two point conversion.

After holding the Patriots offense, Falkville took over on their own eight-yard line. The Blue Devils set up solid, methodical drive with notable carries by Fred Walls. Dove would wrap up the drive with a 45-yard pass play to Trustin Pylate for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Both teams would continue to battle for the remainder of the game. West End went on to win 38-22.

Falkville will play at Winston County on Friday.

 

 

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