Gadsden City finishes undefeated in region


Photo: Braylen Stokes intercepts a pass that he returned for a touchdown during the Titans’ 55-0 victory over Lee-Huntsville on October 14 at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

Gadsden City finished undefeated in Class 6A, Region 8 play with a 55-0 shutout over Lee-Huntsville on October 14 at GCHS.
The Titans, who secured the region title with last week’s win over Mae Jemison, improved to 5-4 overall and 5-0 in the region.
Matthew Sparks threw a pair of touchdown passes, both to Clyde Curry. T.J. Worthy rushed for 122 yards on only four carries for a 30.5 average. He also caught two passes for 38 yards.
Gadsden City got on the scoreboard on the game’s first play from scrimmage when Sparks and Curry connected for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Jake Malone kicked the first of his seven PATs on the night.
Less than four minutes later, Sparks and Curry teamed up for a 27-yard TD and a 14-point lead.
On the following GCHS possession, Jackson Veasy ran it in from seven yards out to make it 21-0.
After Worth reeled off a 95-yard touchdown run at 7:41 of the second quarter, Braylen Starkes returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Titans a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Luke Waldrop opened the second half at quarterback for GCHS and soon accounted for a pair of scores. He threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Eizele Spears at the 9:27 mark of the third period and rushed for a 2-yard TD three minutes later.
Gadsden City capped the scoring on Kai Franklin’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Curry with three minutes remaining in the game.
Waldrop was 3 for 5 in passing for 67 yards, while Sparks completed 2 of 4 passes for 48 yards.
Defensively, Elijah Taylor had nine tackles, followed by Veasy with eight, Trevion Johnson with six and Stephen Powell with five. Powell also had an interception.

With an open date in Week 10, Gadsden City finishes out the regular season at Calera this Friday (Oct. 21).

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