E.A. Sports Today

Anniston still has a shot

Bulldogs keep playoff hopes alive with 8-0 victory over St. Clair County; must beat Alexandria next week

By East Alabama Sports Today

ODENVILLE – Anniston still has a shot to make the Class 5A playoffs and this late in the season that’s all you can ask for, but it’s a tall order.

The Bulldogs made it a three-team race for the final two spots in Region 6 Friday night when they defeated St. Clair County 8-0.

With the win, the Bulldogs (3-4, 3-3) pulled into a tie with Hayden and Moody Moody, and even though they lost to both, they can still get a playoff berth by beating undefeated region champion Alexandria next week.

The Bulldogs lead the overall series 32-7 and are 5-4 since it resumed with regularity in 2004.

“We’re still in the race,” Bullock said. “This kept us alive; that’s what I’m glad about. It’s tough, but we’ve given ourselves a chance.

“I think we’ve got a chance, we just have to stop the run. They’re good at what they do. It’s going to come down to if we stop them and I think if we execute we can stop them. It’s going to be tough now, but I like tough challenges — it shows what you’re made of.”

The Bulldogs’ defense showed what it was made of against the Fighting Saints (3-5, 2-4).

Jaeden Woods-Davis blocked a Saints punt and it went out the back of the end zone for a safety that gave Anniston a 2-0 halftime lead. It stayed that way until 1:28 remained when Tae Miller ran seven yards for the game’s only touchdown. Miller rushed for 76 yards on 10 carries.

Elijah Jackson led the Anniston defense with 11 tackles and two quarterback hurries. Edward Montgomery had 10 tackles, one for loss, and two hurries. And Jaylon Parker had nine tackles.

“They played tough tonight,” Bullock said. “We couldn’t move the ball, but the defense … played a solid game.”

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