Victory evades Verbena against Talladega Co. CentralBy Emily Beckett Published 11:03pm Friday, October 11, 2013
The Verbena Red Devils (0–7 overall, 0–5 region) were unable to channel their fans’ spirit into a victory on Homecoming, losing 46–12 to Talladega (3–4, 3–2).
Verbena lit up the scoreboard first with a Jared Mims touchdown on a 2-yard run with 6:19 to go.
The Tigers came back with a touchdown on a 53-yard run with 5:50 left, tacking on a 2-point conversion.
With the score at 8–6 in Talladega’s favor, the Tigers intercepted the ball and earned another touchdown and 2 points, giving them a 16–6 lead over the Red Devils at the end of the first quarter.
Talladega scored three more times to go into halftime ahead of Verbena, 40–6.
The Tigers scored their last touchdown in the second half.
The Red Devils followed suit, squeezing one more scoring play—a 23-yard Tristan Short pass to Juwan Tyus—in with about three seconds left in the fourth quarter.
For the Red Devils, Mims had 54 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Darrian Parker had 42 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Christian Agee had 31 yards on three carries.
“The kids are trying hard and playing hard,” Verbena coach Mike Harris said. “In the second half, we did pretty good. We just want to try to get better every game.
“We’re just looking for a win. We’ve got to make [the players] believe we can.”
Karoline Moore was crowned Verbena High School’s 2013–2014 Homecoming Queen.
Other senior candidates were Jessica Ingram and Savannah Johnson.
Attendants were: Elizabeth Cochran, kindergarten; Anna Whittle, first grade; Jaycee Quinn, second grade; Kylie Coggins, third grade; Chloee Anna Cleckler, fourth grade; Hazel Clackley, fifth grade; Bree Easterling, sixth grade; JaNiya White, seventh grade; Carissa Hall, eighth grade; Kerrigan Glenn, ninth grade; Chelsea Baker, 10th grade; and Carina Maciel, 11th grade.