Thorsby earns home field for first time since 2018

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, October 31, 2023

By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Thorsby High School secured second place in AHSAA Class 2A Region 4 and home-field advantage for the first round of the state playoffs with a 36-18 win over Vincent High School on Oct. 27.

“It was a good night,” Thorsby head coach Daryl Davis said. “We challenged our seniors on senior night to come out and play well, and they did by coming out and jumping on them early like we wanted them to do.”

Coden Cummings shined for the Rebels on both sides of the ball and opened the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter, followed by a Grayson McManus two-point conversion to go up 8-0.

Cummings doubled the Thorsby lead later in the quarter picking off a pass, his first of two in the game, and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown. The Rebels defense forced three interceptions as McManus also grabbed one.

Nate Thomas added the two-point conversion run to send Thorsby into halftime up 16-0.

Cummings continued his onslaught in the second half, ripping off a 48-yard touchdown run midway through the frame to make it 22-0.

342 of the 356 total yards Thorsby accumulated were by way of rushing the football. Cummings led the charge with 149 yards rushing on eight carries and two touchdowns.

Thomas got a touchdown run himself shortly after, punching it in from 38 yards out to make it 29-0. Thomas ripped off another 38-yard touchdown run just before the end of the quarter to push the game out of reach.

Thomas had 101 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

The Thorsby defense pitched a shutout until deep into the third quarter, but Vincent scored 18 points late to bring the final score to 36-18. Malachi Allgood led the Rebels defense with 14 tackles, followed by Tyler Lockhart with nine tackles and Cummings with eight. Allgood added two sacks and and a fumble recovery as well.

Thorsby (7-2) travels to Billingsley High School on Nov. 3 for its final regular season game of the season before the state playoffs.

“It is another big game for us, just like every game is,” Davis said. “Billingsley is a much better team than their record, and it is kind of a trap game for us having secured the home playoff game, looking forward to it and then you still have this game.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.