FALKVILLE — It appeared the Woodville football team had the momentum swing it needed in its rally attempt against the defending Class 1A Region 7 champion.

But momentum unfortunately swung right back to Falkville’s favor.

Down 19-6 in the third quarter, Woodville’s Jackson Peek blocked a Falkville punt. But a few plays later the Panthers turned it over to the Blue Devils, who then used a long run to set up a score and pull away for a 32-6 win in the region opener for both teams Friday night.

“We blocked the punt, kind of had a chance to get back in it, but fumbled it right back to them,” said Woodville head coach Jay Powell.

Falkville (2-1, 1-0) took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter before Woodville (0-3, 0-1) pulled within 7-6 on Peek’s 5-yard touchdown run. But the Blue Devils got two scores late in the second quarter for a 19-6 halftime lead before outscoring the Panthers 13-0 in the second half. Falkville led 26-6 entering the fourth quarter.

Da’vion Johnson totaled 81 yards rushing on 13 carries for Woodville on offense and had four tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. Peek rushed for 58 yards and had a 40-yard pass completion to Johnson on offense while also recording six tackles and a blocked punt on defense. Josh Thompson ran for 24 yards on five carries on offense and recovered a fumble on defense while Carlos Torres had a team-leading 14 tackles.

“I thought the kids played pretty hard, but the fatigue got us and Falkville’s a good team with some good size,” said Powell, whose team hosts Gaylesville in region play next week. “We’ve got to have better preparation this (coming) week. We’ve challenged them to have a better week of practice.”

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