Fayette County Tigers maul Sipsey Valley in second half
Sat. September 22, 2012 at 12:33 a.m. | By Zackary Al-Khateeb
Fayette County’s Jatrae Madison drags a Sipsey Valley defender across the goal line for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter Friday. Sipsey Valley’s Garret Lewis threw for three scores but was shut down after halftime. (Photo by Jason Harless)
NORTHPORT | Quarterback Garret Lewis led the way for the Sipsey Valley Bears on Friday night, but visiting Fayette County pulled out a 33-21 victory in the Class 3A, Region 3 game.
Fayette County (3-1, 3-0) managed to pull away in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had 11 starters suspended as the result of a fight last week against Gordo.
The Bears (1-3, 1-2) opened the scoring with a seven-play, 62-yard drive that was capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by Lewis. The Tigers immediately responded on the ensuing kickoff, with running back Darnell Williams scoring on an 87-yard return.
Lewis threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaiah Blackmon. Fayette County answered with quarterback Marcellus Redmond throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jatrae Madison.
Lewis rounded out a stellar first half with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Carson Windle, but the Tigers got a 2-yard touchdown run from DeShawn Thomas.
Sipsey Valley led 21-20 at halftime, and Lewis had completed 9 of 16 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think I played good,” Lewis said. “My teammates really helped me out a little bit. But in the end, we all wanted to win, so that was the biggest thing.”
The Bears resumed their aggressive play in the second half. On the opening kickoff, the Bears executed an onside kick and took possession at their 45 but failed to make anything of it.
The teams combined for five scoreless possessions before the Tigers managed to pull ahead 26-21 late in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Madison.
Fayette County capitalized on a muffed punt and got its final touchdown on a 2-yard run by Redmond.
Sipsey Valley managed to get in scoring position with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter but fumbled the ball away. Lewis went 16 for 27 and 174 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Despite the loss, Bears coach Antonio Ford said his team still has a lot to look forward to this season.
“Our goal, as a team, is to be a playoff team this year,” Ford said. “And the things we worked for this summer are still before us.”
Sipsey Valley plays at Curry next Friday. Fayette County plays at Sulligent next week.