Verbena falls to TCCHS on homecoming night

Published 11:22 pm Friday, October 7, 2011

Senior homecoming representatives Krista Lane, left, and Destiny Tyus, right, stand with this year’s VHS homecoming queen, Marqueska Deramus, center.

Heartbreak was written all over the Verbena Red Devils’ faces at the end of their homecoming and region game against the Talladega County Central Fighting Tigers at Verbena Oct. 7.

The Tigers (2-5, 2-3) defeated the Red Devils 29-14 (2-5, 0-5).

Verbena's Jacob Montgomery rushes for yardage during Friday's game.

Verbena has battled injury and illness since the beginning of the season, and head coach Mike Harris said five starters were unable to play Friday, with two more injured during the game.

“They played hard,” Harris said of his mostly young players. “I’m proud of them. Just (have to) keep them healthy and not beat up.”

Freshman Duante Talley had 16 carries for 80 yards, four receptions for 17 yards, six tackles and two assists.

Senior Bay Lucas had five receptions for 93 yards and two assists.

Sophomore Jaryus Wilson had a total of 123 passing yards.

Homecoming representatives took the field prior to kickoff. Verbena’s 2011 Homecoming Queen was senior Marqueska DeRamus.

Homecoming attendants were: Krista Lane, 12th grade; Destiny Tyus, 12th grade; Hope Driver, 11th grade; Anna Cardenas, 10th grade; Katie Allen, 9th grade; Chelsea Baker, 8th grade; Kerrigan Glenn, 7th grade; Bethany Hancock, 6th grade; JaNiya White, 5th grade; Brie Easterling, 4th grade; Macey Kelley, 3rd grade; Jayah Beagles, 2nd grade; Kylie Coggins, 1st grade; and Abbie Whittle, kindergarten.

For the cheerleaders, the Varsity V-Club Sweetheart was Mattie Cleckler, and the Junior Varsity V-Club Sweetheart was Makenzie Roller.