GADSDEN — The Woodville football team kept its playoff hopes alive with a record-setting offensive performance.
The Panthers set a new school single-game scoring record en route to a 71-56 Class 1A Region 7 victory at Coosa Christian Friday night.
Jackson Peek and Da’vion Johnson accounted for a combined 10 touchdowns as Woodville (4-4, 3-2) broke the old school scoring record of 53 points, which was set during a 53-0 win over Asbury in 2016.
The teams combined to tie for the eighth-most combined points (127) in AHSAA history.
Woodville’s win kept it squarely in the playoff hunt. R.A. Hubbard’s upset Valley Head kept the Panthers from locking up a playoff spot. The Panthers will however secure a playoff berth if it defeats Decatur Heritage next week or if Valley Head defeats Coosa Christian. If not, there could be a three-way tie for the final two playoff sports or a four-way tie for the final three playoff spots if depending upon Falkville’s outcome against last-place Gaylesville. R.A. Hubbard’s is through with region play, finishing 3-3 in league play.
“The guys made just enough plays,” said Woodville head coach Jay Powell. “I’m glad the guys kept our playoff hopes alive.”
Woodville finished with 522 total yards, including 482 yards rushing. Peek, who threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, ran for 207 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries while Johnson ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. He also returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Zach Thompson added 79 yards on 15 carries.
Woodville built a 21-7 lead after one quarter. The teams combined for three touchdowns in a 29-second span early in the second quarter, but Woodville ultimately led 50-26 at halftime.
Coosa Christian (1-7, 1-4) recovered three onside kicks in the third quarter and pulled within 57-56 in the third quarter. But after Johnson’s 17-yard touchdown run, Peek and Easton Parker had interceptions to end Coosa Christian’s next two possessions. Johnson’s 12-yard touchdown run salted away the win with 2:22 remaining.
› The Gadsden Times contributed to this report.