E.A. Sports Today

Oxford, Anniston, White Plains, PV all fall

By East Alabama Sports Today

GADSDEN – Oxford went into the fourth quarter against a bigger opponent with a one-point lead, but Gadsden City scored three touchdowns – two on long runs by Damon Williams – to take down the Yellow Jackets 48-28 Friday night.

The Jackets may have lost more than a game. Standout receiver Trey Gamble sustained a rib injury during the game and missed the final 20 minutes.

“What got us was we took the lead 28-27 and our best player goes down with a cracked rib,” Oxford coach Ryan Herring said. “He’s that good of a player and when he went down the wind all left the sail. He’s just the big of a difference maker for us.”

Before he left the game, Gamble scored three touchdowns – on a 21-yard pass from Ty Webber and runs of 1 and 7 yards. He had nine catches for 109 yards and 53 yards rushing.

Herring said there was no timetable on the amount of time Gamble might miss due to the injury.

“He’s a pretty tough kid,” he said. “I’ve seen him with a high ankle sprain they said would have him out four weeks and he was back at it.”

Webber aggravated an existing ankle injury in the game. He missed only two plays, but he wasn’t full strength down the stretch either. He was 10 of 21 for 109 yards passing in the game.

Thomas Rudolph’s 9-yard run sent the Yellow Jackets into the fourth quarter with a 28-27 lead. But Williams scored on runs of 48 and 53 yards less than three minutes apart early in the quarter to put the Titans ahead for good. They added an insurance score later in the quarter.

Gadsden City 48, Oxford 28

Oxford 7 7 14 0 — 28
Gadsden City 14 13 0 21 — 48

G – Bozeman 6 run (Holland kick)
O – Gamble 21 pass from Webber (Borrelli kick)
G – Ford 54 run (Holland kick)
O – Gamble 1 run (Borrelli kick)
G – Ford 33 run (PAT failed)
G – Williams 37 pass from Deramus (Holland kick)
O – Gamble 7 run (Borrelli kick)
O – T. Rudolph 9 run (Borrelli kick)
G – Williams 48 run (Holland kick)
G – Williams 53 run (Holland kick)
G – D. Rudolph 4 run (Holland kick)
Handley 47, Anniston 12

Six turnovers and several other miscues one might associate with an inexperienced team did Anniston in against a team it handled rather easily the year before.

Tae Miller caught a pair of touchdown passes from Quintavious Dobbins, but the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome nine penalties and six turnovers. They trailed 33-0 at halftime.

The Bulldogs had 147 yards of total offense. Miller caught three passes for 46 yards. Dobbins rushed for 24 yards and passed for 84 more.

“It’s a growing process for us,” Anniston coach Eddie Bullock said. “We made some of the mistake I knew we going to make. We have only three starters (back) on offense and three on defense. I think before the end of the season we’ll have this whole thing turned around.”

Ashville 18, White Plains 7

ASHVILLE – White Plains’ young team struggled to develop some consistency and lost its first game under new coach Larry Strain, but the Wildcats did find the end zone.

Freshman quarterback Drew Hudson capped a 55-yard drive with a determined 7-yard run with 6:45 to play after being flushed from the pocket to help the Wildcats avoid being shutout.

The Wildcats collected 11 first downs, but they were held to 25 yards rushing on 24 carries and 110 yards of total offense. Ashville led 12-0 at halftime and tacked on another score early in the fourth quarter.

“The whole deal is we’re playing so many young players,” Strain said. “They’re doing a good job, our kids are working hard, but we made so many mistakes … because of the lack of experience.

“We really shot ourselves in the foot as much as anything that kept us from moving the ball. On the first play on three of our drives we lost fumbles. We were inside the 10 twice and couldn’t score. We couldn’t sustain the thing because we couldn’t run the football.”

Ranburne 30, Pleasant Valley 0

JACKSONVILLE – Pleasant Valley coach Jeff Davis said during the summer the biggest benefit to moving Drew Lewiski to quarterback was the opportunity of having the ball in his hands upwards of 40 times a game.

Drew Lewiski passed for 86 yards and rushed for 46 more Friday, but the Raiders couldn’t get much going and were shut out in their season opener.

Lewiski completed 4 of 9 passes and had 20 rushing attempts. Dakota Jones caught three passes for 53 yards and Hunter Beadles caught two for 43.

Ranburne, meanwhile, rolled up 351 yards of total offense.

“They’ve got a very good football team,” Davis said.

Ranburne 30, Pleasant Valley 0

Ranburne 13 7 10 0 — 30
Pleasant Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0

Ran PV
First downs 20 7
Rush yds 190 51
C-A-I 13-20-1 7-15-0
Pass yds 261 114
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1
Punts-avg 0-0 6-24.2
Penalties 7-52 4-24

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