Thorsby cruises by Woodland on homecoming

Published 10:40 am Saturday, September 16, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Thorsby High School scored early and often on Sept. 15 and thrilled its homecoming crowd with a 35-6 triumph over Woodland High School. The win, Thorsby’s second in AHSAA Class 2A Region 4 play, moved the Rebels to 3-1 on the season.

“Coaches are not too big of fans of homecoming games with all of the distractions, but they did a great job of staying focused and had a great week of practice,” Thorsby head coach Daryl Davis said. “Woodland is a much-improved team from last year … It was one of those games where we wanted to take control of the game early and they went out there and did that.”

The Rebels wasted little time jumping on Woodland as quarterback Grayson McManus pushed across the first touchdown run just five minutes into the game followed by a Nate Thomas two-point run. McManus made it two touchdown runs in the opening quarter two minutes later with a 34-yard scamper and score to put Thorsby up 15-0. McManus piled up 116 yards on 11 carries on the ground.

Thomas added a 25-yard touchdown run to put the finishing touches on a stellar first quarter for the Rebels up 21-0 at the conclusion.

The Rebels defense pitched a shutout in the first half and were led by Malachi Allgood with 10 tackles, one for a loss and a sack. Tyler Lockhart had eight tackles and Chris Buendtner and McManus followed behind with seven.

Coden Cummings had two rushing touchdowns scoring 15- and 85-yard scores in the second quarter to put the game all but out of reach at halftime 35-0. Cummings ran for a team-high 156 yards on nine carries.

“We are kind of getting ourselves figured out,” Davis said. “We have a lot of confidence right now, and we hope to keep that going and getting better each day and each week. I think it will take us a long way.”

Woodland got on the board late in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass.

Thorsby (3-1) hits the road in their next game for a region matchup against Central of Coosa County High School on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.