EAST LIMESTONE — The Scottsboro football capped off a perfect first half of region play with an impressive road win.

The Wildcats overcame an early deficit to defeat East Limestone 27-7 in a Class 5A Region 8 matchup at ELHS.

Scottsboro (3-1, 3-0) posted the win thanks to another strong rushing performance from its offense and more stingy defense.

The Wildcats ran for 287 yards on 53 carries as Jacob Manning rushed 19 times for 134 yards and Cam Ellis Bass ran 27 times for 131 yards.

“The offensive line, that bunch up front, was huge,” said Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs, who is now one win shy of 100 career victories as a high school head coach. “We had some crucial third-down conversions, by Jacob and Cam both. We held on (to the football) a lot.”

An early fumble led to East Limestone (1-3, 0-3) taking a 7-0 lead less than four minutes into the game on Illand Tyson’s 1-yard touchdown run.

But the Indians’ offense mustered little more against the Scottsboro defense the rest of the way. East Limestone had only 85 total yards and six first downs.

“We had a good game plan (defensively),” Jacobs said. “When you hold a team like (East Limestone) to under 100 yards, you gotta give those guys a lot of credit.”

Scottsboro tied the game at 7-all late in the first quarter on Jacob Manning’s 19-yard touchdown run and the first of Mees de Jongh’s PATs. 

Manning then threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Rylee Whitehead early in the second quarter to push Scottsboro in front 14-7. 

The Wildcats then took a 20-7 halftime lead on de Jongh’s field goals of 37- and 30-yards inside the final minute for the second quarter. Hunter Wright’s fumble recovery lead to de Jongh’s second field goal with just two seconds left before halftime. 

Noah Linville also had a fumble recovery for the Wildcats. 

Scottsboro capped the scoring on Manning’s 2-yard touchdown run with 1:47 left in the third quarter.

Scottsboro finished the first half of region play tied with Madison Academy for the top spot in the standings. 

The Wildcats step out of region play next week to host archrival North Jackson in the Battle of the Valley.

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