Montie Thomas and Kyler Wade each ran for well over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Stratford Bulldogs secured a Class A football playoff berth Friday night with a 32-28 victory at Maysville.
Thomas finished with 159 yards on 20 carries and scored off runs of 20 and 1 yards, while Wade netted 149 yards on 15 attempts and scored off runs of 40 and 9 yards as Stratford improved to 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in District A-5 play.
“This was a big win for us because it puts us in the playoffs after being on the outside for the last two years. We played really well early and then had to hang on against a team that played hard and was well coached,” said Stratford head coach Michael Blackburn.
Quarterback Chase Bradstreet was 6-of-8 passing for 125 yards and one interception. He rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and scored off a 1-yard run for the Bulldogs.
Stratford, leading 32-7 early in the third, was forced to overcome a strong Maysville comeback bid as the hosts scored 21 unanswered points.
“Maysville made a lot of good plays in the second half, but I was proud of our guys at the end for making the defensive stop they had to make and then being able to come up with a couple of first downs to seal the win,” Blackburn said. “I think it was a good growing experience for our guys.”
Maysville quarterback Trey Willoughby ignited that late surge by throwing three touchdown passes of 5 and 39 yards to Cale Bailey and 75 yards to Dakota Henry in making it a close fit late in the contest.
Willoughby was only 12-of-36 passing with three interceptions, but the completions went for a grand total of 242 yards. He also had a 50-yard scoring run in the opening quarter.
In the receiving department for the Bulldogs, Lane Martin caught two passes for 44 yards and Wade ended up with two grabs for 40.
Defensively for Stratford, Isaac Miller, Thomas, Brant Wade and Kyle Potter totaled seven tackles apiece while Landon Anderson registered six, including a quarterback sack.
Thomas, Kyle Wright and Bradstreet also intercepted a pass each to help out the defensive effort.
The Bulldogs had 485 yards of offense, including 360 o the ground. Maysville ended up with 382 total yards.
Stratford plays at Elmore City on Friday to close out the 2013 regular season. The winner will host a first-round playoff game
Sulphur 27, Purcell 7
PURCELL — Quarterback Ryan Rackley ran for 206 yards on 32 carries and scored all four touchdowns as the Sulphur Bulldogs rolled to a 27-7 rout of host Purcell Friday night in District 3A-4 football action.
Rackley had scoring runs of 3, 21, 1 and 8 yards before Purcell got on the board in the fourth on a 60-yard TD pass from Drew Rolin to Huey Barrett to break up Sulphur’s shutout bid.
The Bulldogs (4-5 overall and 3-3 in 3A-4 play) generated 338 yards of total offense, including 287 on the ground. Rackley was 4-of-7 passing for 51 yards, and Tanner Watson had three of those receptions for 32 yards. Cole Palmer caught the other pass for 19 yards.
Defensively for Sulphur, Ray Trent recorded a pass interception while Trevor Venegas and Tyler Bumgarner each had a fumble recovery.
Purcell was limited to 161 yards of total offense as 121 came through the air. Rolin was 8-of-20 passing with the one touchdown and interception.
The Bulldogs led 14-0 after one quarter thanks to scoring of runs of 3 and 21 yards by Rackley. The PAT was blocked after the first touchdown, but Rackley added the 2-point conversion run after the second TD.
Sulphur went on to a 21-0 halftime lead after a Rackley 1-yard run and point-after kick in the second quarter.
Rackley’s 8-yard scoring run with 8:40 left capped off the Bulldog scoring to make it 27-0.
Sulphur closes out the regular season next Friday by hosting Dickson.
Davis 50, Coalgate 8
DAVIS – The Coalgate Wildcats were limited to 166 yards of total offense in suffering a 50-8 loss to host Davis Friday night in District 2A-4 football play.
Coalgate’s only touchdown came off a 1-yard run by Nate Hardy and Colby Jones’ 2-point conversion pass to Dillon Williams.
Jones was 7-of-17 passing for 66 yards with the one TD and a pair of interceptions. Hardy ended up with three receptions for 19 yards, and Jesse Pebworth had one for 24 yards.
Pebworth led the Wildcats in the rushing department with 10 for 34 yards, and Hardy ended up with seven for 30 and the TD.
Coalgate was plagued by four turnovers — two lost fumbles and the two pickoffs.
The Wildcats (1-8, 0-5 in 2A-4) close out the 2013 season at home on Friday by hosting Kingston.