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Bulldogs blast

Friday roundup: Anniston erupts for 27 points in six minutes of second quarter to pull away from Munford and more

Kaden Gooden stays ahead of Dadeville’s Brandez Eason to score Weaver’s only touchdown. (Photo by Greg Warren)

Anniston 55, Munford 7
Dadeville 39, Weaver 6
Handley 54, Jacksonville 41
JCA 44, Cornerstone 40
Moody 42, Alexandria 27
Oxford 45, Shades Valley 13
Piedmont 40, Sylvania 7
Ragland 46, Donoho 14
Saks 48, Beulah 6
Westbrook Christian 35, Ohatchee 13
West End 41, Pleasant Valley 20

By East Alabama Sports Today

MUNFORD – The Anniston Bulldogs are capable of striking quickly and often. They showed that tendency in their season opener against Wellborn and it happened again Friday in their Class 4A Region 4 opener against Munford.

The Bulldogs erupted for four touchdowns in a six-minute stretch of the second quarter and carried it to a 55-7 victory.

The two teams were both unbeaten and it was only the seventh all-time meeting between them. But the Bulldogs (3-0) left with their third straight victory over the Lions in as many years and now lead the all-time series 5-2.

It was a tight game early and scoreless until seven minutes remained in the second quarter. At that point, it was like a bomb went off and covered the area with red and black shrapnel.

The Bulldogs scored four touchdowns with runs of 40, 2 and 66 yards and a 50-yard pass to go up 27-0. Quarterback Kam Sandlin ran for two of the scores and threw for another.

Munford fumbled inside the Anniston 20 twice, but got on the board on Sylvester Smith’s 11-yard pass to Alex Petty as time ran out in the half.

The game turned on a big play. Trailing 7-0, Munford’s Smith broke free on what was going to be an 80-yard touchdown run. But somewhere around the 10, the ball fell out of his hands and an Anniston defender picked up and ran it back 50 yards the other way.

Instead of it being a tying touchdown and a big shift in momentum, it was a devastating blow to the Lions. Two plays later, Sandlin scored on a 40-yard run and Anniston was on its way.

The Bulldogs poured it on in the second half.

Next week, the Lions (1-1) will travel to Talladega for another Class 4A Region 4 matchup that will be key to both teams’ playoff hopes. Anniston will host Jacksonville in a game with major region title implications. – Brant Locklier

Anniston 55, Munford 7

ANN (55)MUN (7)
221st Downs6
136Passing Yards32
Anniston (3-0)0271414–55
Munford (0-1)0700–7

A – Kam Sandlin 2 run (Eduardo Lopez kick), 6:51 2Q
A – Kam Sandlin 40 run (kick failed), 5:58 2Q
A – Jaylon Cunningham 66 run (Elijah Allen run), 2:24 2Q
A – Jaylon Cunningham 50 pass from Kam Sandlin (kick failed), 0:49 2Q
M – Alex Petty 11 pass from Sylvester Smith (Dakota Frank kick), 0:00 2Q
A – Kam Sandlin 9 run (kick failed), 8:29 3Q
A – Jaden Dobbins 21 run (Elijah Allen run), 0:18 3Q
A – Jaylon Cunningham 67 run (Elijah Allen run), 9:31 4Q
A – Quin Sykes 19 run (run failed), 6:28 4Q

Moody 42, Alexandria 27

MOODY – Blaine Burke rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns and Kolby Seymour caught two touchdown passes from Chase Jackson as the Blue Devils proved to be just as strong as the Valley Cubs expected.

Burke scored the game’s first touchdown on a 42-yard run and after Antonio Ross tied the game with a 1-run dive Burke’s 1-yard touchdown and two-point conversion put the Blue Devils up for good.

Ross rushed for 132 yards on 32 carries and scored on runs of 1, 26 and 4 yards. Ty Brown ran for 71 yards on 13 carries and scored the last touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Moody 42, Alexandria 27

ALEX (27)MOOD (42)
181st Downs21
25Passing yards227
Alexandria (0-2)70146 —27
Moody (3-0)157713 —42

M: Blaine Burke 42 run (Junior Morenosuarez kick), 9:35 1Q
A: Antonio Ross 1 run (Cleat Forrest kick), 4:39 1Q
M: Blaine Burke 1 run (Blaine Burke run), 0:46 1Q
M: Kolby Seymour 29 pass from Chase Jackson (Junior Morenosuarez kick), 1:24 2Q
A: Antonio Ross 26 run (Cleat Forrest kick), 10:04 3Q
M: Kolby Seymour 58 pass from Chase Jackson (18 kick), 7:56 3Q
A: Antonio Ross 4 run (Cleat Forrest kick), 1:20 3Q
M: Blaine Burke 44 run (June Morenosuarez kick), 11:11 4Q
M: Chase Jackson interception return (run failed), 9:08 4Q
A: Ty Brown 20 run (kick blocked), 3:37 4Q

Hokes Bluff 21, Glencoe 14

GLENCOE — Noah Sprayberry’s 5-yard run with 8:59 to play, his third touchdown of the game, snapped a 14-14 tie and the Eagles’ defense held down the stretch.

Sprayberry rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries. She scored on runs of 3, 9 and 5 yards. His first two touchdowns gave the Eagles a 14-0 halftime lead, but the Yellow Jackets stormed back in the third quarter to tie it on a pair of short Nolan Fairley touchdown runs.

Hokes Bluff 21, Glencoe 14

HB (21)GLEN (14)
151st Downs17
71Passing yards5
Hokes Bluff (1-1)7707 —21
Glencoe (1-1)00140 —14

HB: Noah Sprayberry 3 run (Leon Chen kick), 8:51 1Q
HB: Noah Sprayberry 9 run (Leon Chen kick), 6:06 2Q
G: Nolan Fairley 1 run (Gavin Bray kick), 8:23 3Q
G: Nolan Fairley 1 run (Gavin Bray kick), 0:38 3Q
HB: Noah Sprayberry 5 run (Leon Chen kick), 8:59 4Q

JCA 44, Cornerstone 40

Freshman quarterback Noah Lee completed 17 of 34 passes for 254 yards and five touchdowns and Hunter Brown came up with an interception with less than three minutes to play to seal the eight-man Thunder’s third straight victory.

Ethan Fair caught eight passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Lee’s other touchdown passes went to Travis Barnhill (5-53) and Braxton Brown (2-60). In this game this season Lee is 36-of-60 passing for 664 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions.

West End 41, Pleasant Valley 20

WALNUT GROVE – The Patriots won their third straight game and are 3-0 for the first time since 1998. They are already within one of their win total each of the last three seasons

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