Landon Green to Jayden Culpepper was an unstoppable combination for the Ider defense Friday night.
Green threw four touchdown passes to Culpepper as North Sand Mountain posted a 48-7 rout of longtime rival Ider Friday night at Lloyd Dobbins Field in Higdon.
It was NSM’s sixth win in its last eight meeting with the Hornets.
NSM (5-2, 4-1) also secured a playoff berth with Friday’s victory.
“That’s always a goal of ours every year,” said NSM head coach Keith Kirby. “We’re glad to get that taken care of.”
Green completed 15 of 18 pass attempts for 327 yards and six touchdowns. Culpepper, who on Thursday won the Jackson County Cross Country Individual Championship, caught seven passes for 182 yards and four scores.
“(Ider) loaded the box on us to take away the run and we threw it around pretty good,” Kirby said. “Green and Culpepper got together on some big plays.”
Green found Culpepper for touchdown passes of 21 and 43 yards in the first quarter then for a 33-yard touchdown pass early in the second. Green then threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Derek Bearden to give the Bison a 27-0 lead at halftime.
Culpepper caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Green early in the third quarter, which was followed by Fernando Luna’s 17-yard touchdown run and Jonah Pennington’s 41-yard touchdown reception from Green as NSM carried a 48-0 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Damon Gentle led NSM with 67 rushing yards on seven carries while Luna had 23 yards on three carries. Bearden had two catches for 55 yards, Pennington had two catches for 52 yards and Lake Bell had three catches for 42 yards.
Ider (1-6, 1-4) avoided the shutout with a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.