Week 7 football recap

Published 4:18 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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Rebels win decisively against Fayetteville

The Thorsby Rebels (4-4, 3-2) got a step closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 42-14 victory on the road against Fayetteville (4-3, 1-3) on Oct. 10.

Brody Barnett found success both on the ground and through the air with a total of 228 offensive yards, including three rushing touchdowns.

Of Barnett’s 136 passing yards, fellow junior Sawyer Sellers was on the receiving end for 73 of them.

Tyler Ray cashed in on a couple of turnovers by returning an interception and a fumble for touchdowns.


Billingsley continues winning trend

Make it five wins in a row for the Billingsley Bears (5-2, 4-0) following a 31-14 road victory against Autaugaville (2-5, 1-4) on Oct. 12.

Not only was it the a fifth-consecutive win but the Bears also remained undefeated in Region 4-1A.

Brisen Tatum started his second-straight game at quarterback for the injured Levi Arington and continued to showcase his athleticism.

Tatum ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns as Billingsley stuck to the ground game on offense.

Another dimension of the rushing attack included Taylor Arington, who also broke the century mark with 101 yards and a score on just seven carries.

Kylan Thomas led the Bears with 10 tackles, while Jontavies Todd picked up a fumble and returned it to the house.


Tigers suffer first region loss

Chilton County dropped to 3-1 in Region 3-5A after a 42-6 loss to Bibb County on the road.

Overall it was the Tigers’ fourth defeat of the season and second straight.

Despite Bibb County scoring 42 points, the CCHS defense showed a knack for creating turnovers.

Lawson Patterson intercepted a pass, while Russell Rhodes, Sergio Romero-Rodriguez and JaKobi Albert each recovered a fumble in the game.

However, the Tigers were oftentimes unable to convert the sudden changes of possession into points.

CCHS scored just six points in the contest, which came following a 46-yard pitch-and-catch from Shi Keem Laister to Brody Smitherman.

One of the only other bright spots offensively was the play of Devonte Robinson, who gained 104 yards on 18 carries.


Jemison falls to Marbury

The Panthers (2-5, 0-4) made the trip over to Marbury (5-2, 3-1) and lost 35-12. It was the fifth-consecutive loss for Jemison.

A major reason for the Panthers’ midseason swoon they find themselves in has been a struggle to score points.

Jemison has scored 25 points in its last three games, which is a big difference from the 88 points scored in its first three games.

However, the offense has experienced some injuries to key players in recent weeks, including starting quarterback Daniel Martin, which have also come during the meat of the Panthers’ schedule.


Tough times continue for Verbena

For the fifth-consecutive game the Verbena Red Devils were shutout by an opponent following their 67-0 loss on the road against Notasulga.

On the other end of the spectrum, Verbena has allowed an average 51.6 points per game during that stretch.

However, although the stats tell a rough story, it is important to remember that the Verbena program is currently at a different level than most of the teams they are going up against on a weekly basis and expectations must be adjusted accordingly.

Signs that the program is moving forward are there, but not yet to the point where the stat sheet reflects those gains.