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Saks’ easy opener

Cobb, Wildcats look sharp offensively on a tough track, run away with 3A playoff opener

By Jeff McIntyre
Florence Times-Daily

COLBERT HEIGHTS – Johnathon Cobb ran for three touchdowns in the first half and Saks routed Colbert Heights 56-0 in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night.

Tony Hunley (23) moves past teammate Johnathon Cobb as he gains yardage against Colbert Heights. (Photo and cover photo by Jim Hannon/Florence Times-Daily)

Saks opened a 42-0 halftime lead en route to the easy win. The Wildcats (9-1) will host Fultondale in next week’s second round.

Saks took the opening kickoff and drove 46 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. T.J. Gibbs scored the touchdown on an 11-yard run.

After recovering a fumble at the Colbert Heights’ 22, Saks needed just four plays to score as Tony Hunley went in from four yards out to make it 14-0.

Saks drove 61 yards in five plays on its next possession. Cobb took a handoff around right end and raced 31 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to push the margin to 21-0.

“I thought we were pretty sharp on offense considering the field conditions, which were the worst I’ve ever coached in,” Saks offensive coordinator Michael Easley said. “The field was completely saturated and was torn up after warmups.”

The storms that went through the state overnight Monday did some major damage to the Colbert Heights facilities. It tore a hole in the roof of the field house, blowing a piece of it onto the playing field, and allowing rain inside the building.

“The kids handled the weather conditions very well,” Easley continued. “There were no turnovers for us playing in several inches deep of mud all night.”

After a short Colbert Heights punt, Saks drove 45 yards in five plays to extend the lead to 28-0 as Cobb scored on a 1-yard run.

Another short punt by the Wildcats gave Saks the ball at the Colbert Heights 28. Two plays later, Cobb again went around right end for the score, this time from 20 yards out to make it 35-0.

Saks scored on the final play of the half to take a 42-0 lead into halftime. Daveon Dukes got the score on a 2-yard run.

On its first possession of the second half Saks scored again as Dukes broke loose and went 63 yards for a touchdown.

Kamori Wilson-Hall closed the scoring when he scooped up a Colbert Heights fumble and returned it 63 yards to make it 56-0 midway through the fourth quarter.

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