ARDMORE — The Scottsboro football team’s first win of the 2019 season was a blowout and a nail-biter all rolled into one.
The Wildcats built a big lead and then fended off Ardmore’s late rally attempt in a 41-27 Class 5A Region 8 victory Friday night at AHS.
Scottsboro (1-1, 1-0) led 41-6 at halftime and lifted its starters for the second half. But Ardmore made a game of it, so much so the Wildcats had to re-insert their starters in the fourth quarter.
“We played pretty good,” said Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs. “Hopefully those twos will learn something. We were glad we got everybody in and got them on film. We’ll go back to work come Monday. Got Guntersville next week, first home game, hope there’s a big crowd.”
Scottsboro needed just 23 seconds to take the lead on Ardmore.
Ryle Whitehead returned the opening kickoff 67 yards for Scottsboro, and Cam Ellis Bass scored on a 20-yard touchdown run on the next play to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead with 11:37 left in the opening quarter.
Long runs from Whitehead and Jacob Manning set up Kaylem Dupree’s 9-yard touchdown run and the first of Mees deYoung’s five PATS for a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter, and the Wildcats upped their lead to 20-0 a little more than a minute later on Whitehead’s 10-yard touchdown run.
Manning’s 9-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats a 27-0 lead with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter, and after Ardmore’s Luke Hogan scored on a 10-yard touchdown run, A.J. Widgeon found the end zone from 5 yards out with 1:25 left and Bass scored on a 53-yard touchdown run with 4 seconds left to give Scottsboro a 41-6 halftime lead.
The Wildcats rushed for 402 yards on 56 carrries. Bass finished with 204 yards on 19 carries while Manning had 135 yards on 17 carries and Whitehead had 38 on three carries.
Ardmore (2-1, 0-1) managed three touchdowns against Scottsboro’s reserves to get within 41-27 with 4:49 remaining.
Things could have gotten even more interesting if not for a big play by the Scottsboro defense.
After blocking a punt with 2:02 remaining, Ardmore had a touchdown pass negated on its first down play. Two plays later, Scottsboro’s Noah Linville intercepted an Ardmore pass to quash Ardmore’s comeback hopes and sew up the win for the Wildcats.