Florala wins Tiny Mite crown

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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The second annual Big Iron Invitational tournament hosted by the Andalusia Youth Football League started Saturday at Andalusia Memorial Stadium with the Florala Wildcats taking the first title of the day after a 12-0 win the Big Iron Bowl championship game.

Andalusia and Highland Home started things off in the Tiny Mite division, with Highland Home edging the Bulldogs 7-6 in the opener.

Down 7-0 late in the fourth quarter, Spencer Stroud kept things going for the Bulldogs with a big first down run on fourth-and-one.

With a little more than one minute left, Cal Crittenden got to edge on a fourth-and-four play, and sprinted 18 yards for the score. The extra-point attempt came up short, leaving the score 7-6.

Highland Home took over and just needed to get one first down to run out the clock, but the Andalusia defense held strong and forced the Flying Squadron to punt with just a few seconds left on the clock.

After some confusion as to wether there was any time left on the clock, Andalusia coach Troy Appleyard emerged from a meeting with the officials and declared the Bulldogs would have one final play.

Stroud took the snap for the Bulldogs and immediately handed the ball off to Crittenden who scampered to the edge.

Just as Crittenden reached the edged and tried to cut up the sideline,  three Highland Home defenders wrapped him up and brought down the Bulldogs’ hopes of a Big Iron Bowl championship with him.

Florala and Brewton squared off next, and the Wildcats darted past the Tigers 28-0.

Florala created a fumble on the first play of the game from Brewton, and Rashaun Coleman scooped up the ball and raced to the end zone.

Florala then added a score from Elijah McMeans, and a 1-yard score from Coleman gave the Wildcats a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Coleman added his third score of the game late in third quarter to give the Wildcats a 28-0 victory and berth in the championship game against the Highland Home Flying Squadron.

In the championship game, a quick score from Coleman helped the Wildcats out to a 12-0 Big Iron Bowl victory.1117-spt-Cal-Crittenden-Andy-Tiny