Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
Gadsden City remained unbeaten in Class 6A, Region 8 play following a 37-7 victory over Hazel Green on September 30.
The Titans (3-4, 3-0) led 24-0 on the way to their second straight win, which put them in first place in the current region standings.
GCHS led 14-0 after one quarter thanks to Matthew Sparks’ 2-yard touchdown run and Clyde Curry’s 48-yard TD scamper. The Titans went into halftime ahead 21-0 courtesy of T.J. Worthy’s 4-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Gabriel Brito’s 20-yard field goal at 7:52 of the third period pushed the lead to 28-0 before Griffin Fowler’s 60-yard touchdown pass to John Temple drew the Trojans within 17 points.
The GCHS defense did not allow another point, however, and the Titans added some insurance on Sparks’ 7-yard TD pass to Curry late in the third quarter and Worthy’s 69-yard touchdown run with 9:44 left in the game.
Worthy rushed for 141 yards on 12 carries for an average of 11.8 yards. Sparks (pictured above at left) was 10 for 15 in passing for 169 yards. Khalil Hughley caught five passes for 109 yards, while Curry had three receptions for 27 yards.
Elijah Taylor led the way defensively with eight tackles, including three for a loss. Steven Jones had seven stops, followed by Elijah Dunn, Dre Kirkpatrick, K’Rysiax Yow and Stephen Powell with five each.
Gadsden City continues region play this Friday (Oct. 7) at Mae Jemison in Huntsville.