Wildcats explode offensively in region win over Eagles, 50-20

Published 10:51 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

In a key game for both sides, Florala took an early lead and never relinquished it on the way to a 50-20 region win at Pleasant Home in varsity football action Friday night.

The Wildcats’ Kaden Cantrell, right, breaks up a pass in the end zone against the Eagles’ Luke Gatewood.

The Wildcats (3-1, 2-1 1A Region 2) began the game on offense after recovering the opening kickoff. Following a 9-yard pass to Dalton Jackson, Rayshon Coleman had a 10-yard touchdown run. The PAT failed and left the score 6-0 with 10:24 left in the opening quarter. The Eagles (2-2, 1-2) took over in opposing territory and received a 12-yard run by Josh Hawkins. Mason Anderson then connected with Luke Gatewood on a 7-yard pass before a turnover on downs.

Florala needed only one play and 13 seconds to strike again when Coleman rumbled 72 yards to pay dirt. Johan Zamora added the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead. Anderson converted a third down on the next Pleasant Home drive with a 6-yard pass to Gatewood and hit Gray Warthen on a 13-yard strike. Zane Weeks delivered an interception on the final play of the quarter.

Both teams traded fumbles early in the second quarter. After Colby Strickland recovered a miscue, Coleman threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Weeks and took the score to 20-0 with 6:59 left in the half. Following a defensive stand, Coleman gave the Wildcats a 26-0 lead with a 10-yard touchdown run. Anderson put the Eagles on the board with an 8-yard touchdown run, but the PAT was blocked and left the intermission score at 26-6.

Johan Zamora, left, prepares to take a handoff from Rayshon Coleman during Florala’s region win at Pleasant Home.

Johan Zamora opened the second half with a 29-yard run and set up a 3-yard touchdown scamper from Coleman. Weeks hauled in the two-point conversion and gave Florala a 34-6 lead. Hawkins answered the call with 23 yards rushing on the ensuing drive. Anderson had a 3-yard touchdown run and brought Pleasant Home within 34-12 at the end of the third quarter.

Coleman threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Strickland, while Zamora added the conversion for a 42-12 lead early in the fourth. The Eagles forced a turnover on downs and received 28 rushing yards by Jacob Bryan. Anderson then scored a 39-yard touchdown pass to Ty Clark before Bryan’s two-point try closed the gap to 42-20. The Wildcats capped the scoring when Coleman threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Weeks, and Greyson West was true on the conversion.

Pleasant Home’s Mason Anderson, left, looks for extra yardage against two Florala defenders.

Both teams will play non-region opponents Friday, Sept. 23 as Florala welcomes Samson (0-4) for homecoming, and Pleasant Home travels to Zion Chapel (1-3).