The Scottsboro football team’s season ended with a tough loss to a perfect Class 6A team.
The Class 6A No. 5-ranked Hartselle Tigers built a 21-0 halftime lead and put the game away in the second half to defeat visiting Scottsboro 49-0 Friday night at J.P. Cain Stadium in Hartselle.
The win ended the Wildcats’ season at 4-6.
Hartselle (10-0), meanwhile, completed its fourth all-time undefeated regular season and first since 2011. The Tigers host Pelham next week in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Luke Godsey’s 17-yard touchdown run and the first of Brian Nunez’ seven PATs put Hartselle in front 7-0 with 2:36 left in the first quarter. Godsey’s 13-yard touchdown run and Drew Cartee’s 50 yard punt return touchdown gave the Tigers a 21-0 halftime advantage.
Godsey threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Keondre Swoopes early in the third quarter for a 28-0 lead before Brinen Barclay scored from 1 yard out and Swoopes scored from 21 yards out to send the Tigers to the fourth quarter with a 42-0 lead. Cal George’s 2-yard touchdown run capped the scoring with 8:41 left.
Harstelle’s stingy defense held the Wildcats to only 102 total yards and six first downs.
Jacob Manning rushed for 76 yards on 27 carries for Scottsboro. Quarterback Gannon Reyes completed 8 of 17 passes for 40 yards, with Carter Gilliam catching four passes for 10 yards and Hatton Metz catching two for 18. Manning and Tanner Shelton both had one catch for six yards.
Godsey accounted for 200 total yards (123 passing and 77 rushing) and three touchdowns for Hartselle, which tied the overall series with Scottsboro 5-5 with Friday’s win.
› Greg Bell is the owner/operator of WWIC 1050 AM Radio.