Lake Bell (4) had a kickoff return for a touchdown during NSM's loss to top-ranked Fyffe Friday night.

On a cool October night, defending Class 2A state champion Fyffe proved once again why it’s one of the state’s best with a red hot performance.

Fyffe head coach Paul Benefield, who won his 290th win with his team’s 62-14 conquer over North Sand Mountain, stayed away from declaring his defense as one of Sand Mountain’s best ever. 

For that unit, though, it’s performance each week is proving hard for the Benefield not to at least consider it.

On Friday, in Fyffe, the Red Devils held a potent NSM offense 132 total yards, didn’t allow the Bison past midfield until 8:58 left in the third quarter and didn’t give up any points until the game was long decided.

On the season, Fyffe (8-0) has given up 23 total points, but the first team defense has only allowed three points. The win wrapped up the Red Devils’ eighth region championship in the last nine years. It was also the 23rd consecutive win, 46th straight regular season win and 35th straight win at home.

NSM (5-3) fell behind early, 21-0 in the first quarter, and was never able to recover.

“They had some turnovers, bad punting situations and dropped passes,” said Benefield. “And then it got out of hand. We’re not that much better.”

Sophomore quarterback Zach Pyron pushed his team ahead early, rushing for two touchdowns and connecting with Brody Dalton on a 53-yard touchdown strike to make it 21-0.

Fyffe scored three more times in the second quarter, building a 42-0 halftime lead. Two of the touchdowns in the first half came after bad snaps in punting situations. 

The Red Devils added two quick touchdowns in the third quarter. Ike Rowell took the second half kickoff and raced 89 yards for a touchdown. Two plays later, Eli Benefield picked off an NSM pass and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown.

Fyffe pushed the lead to 62-0 when freshman Brodie Hicks capped a long drive with a five-yard touchdown with 8:25 left in the game.

NSM got on the board twice in the fourth quarter. Lake Bell returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Later, quarterback Landon Green connected with sophomore Derek Bearden for a 38-yard touchdown.

Fyffe rolled up 312 total yards (244 rushing yards) on 48 plays. Pyron rushed for 57 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, completed 2-of-3 passes for 68 yards and another touchdown and also picked off a pass on defense.

Rowell scored three touchdowns and had 58 yards rushing on 11 carries. Hicks added 51 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

For NSM, Green completed 11-of-20 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice. Bearden caught five passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.

NSM had only 21 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

“We’ve just got to go back to work next week,” said NSM head coach Keith Kirby. “We still have a lot to play for.” 

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