The Fort Payne Wildcats regained the TopCat Trophy from Scottsboro Friday night.

The teams’ annual rivalry game was controlled by the Wildcats from DeKalb County, who raced in front 28-0 at halftime en route to a 42-7 victory at Fort Payne Stadium.

It was the fourth straight season that the TopCat Trophy changed sides. The home team has won four straight in a series that has now been played 85 times.

“Sometimes you just run across somebody that’s better than you,” said Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs. “We helped them the first half with penalties, jumping offsides, all the little fundamental things you can’t do. We didn’t get many (defensive) stops. We’ve got to live with it, move forward and hopefully next week have better results.”

Scottsboro begins Class 5A Region 8 play next week at Ardmore.

Touchdown passes of 52 and 34 yards from J.D. Blalock to Matthew Shaddix put Fort Payne in front 14-0 early in the second quarter, and Darwin Camp and Shaddix both scored on 3-yard touchdown runs to send Fort Payne (2-0) into halftime with a 28-0 advantage. 

Shaddix then added a 10-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to push Fort Payne in front 35-0.

Scottsboro (0-1) got on the scoreboard with 34 seconds left in the third quarter on Jacob Manning’s 2-yard touchdown run and Mees deYoung’s PAT. That drive covered 80 yards in 15 plays.

Shaddix’s third touchdown pass from Blalock with 8:35 remaining in the game closed the scoring.

Blalock finished 9-of-14 passing for 181 yards and three touchdowns while Shaddix caught seven passes for 146 yards and three scores. Hunter Love ran for 128 yards on 13 carries for Fort Payne.

Manning rushed for a 126 yards on 30 carries while also completing 5 of 12 passes for 51 yards for Scottsboro. Cam Ellis Bass added 57 rushing yards and Carter Gilliam caught two passes for 23 yards.

› Stats courtesy of Greg Bell of WWIC Radio 1050 AM

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