Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter
In order to make the state playoffs, Sardis had to beat Guntersville on Oct. 27 and hope that Douglas beat Boaz.
Neither scenario played out for the Lions, who lost 55-0 to Guntersville and watched Boaz post a 45-21 victory over the Eagles. Sardis (5-3, 1-4) finished in fifth place in the region standings.
Guntersville (7-1, 4-1) won the Class 5A Region 7 championship with the win over Sardis.
“Sardis is a lot better than what the final score reflected,” said
Guntersville head coach Lance Reese. “They’re a much-improved football team, and they played really hard.”
The Wildcat defense intercepted four passes, one returned for a touchdown, while allowing the Sardis offense into Guntersville territory just three times out of 11 possessions, and only once in the first half.
“Sardis has a physical football team, and we knew it was going to be a challenge,” Reese said. “They keep running the football at us, so, we played physical football tonight. We made that a point of emphasis.”
The Lions close out their season on Friday, Nov. 3 at Hokes Bluff.