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Lamar County goes on road to get big victory

 

Scott Walters

 

The Lamar County High School football team continued its offensive assault Friday night in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs in Skipperville, Ala. 

 

The Bulldogs pounded out 398 yards of offense in a 41-19 second round victory against G.W. Long. 

 

Lamar County (9-3) will travel to fifth-ranked Sweet Water (10-2) for a third-round matchup Friday night. 

 

Lamar County won with the big play, as four touchdowns went for 35 or more yards. The Bulldogs held a 14-7 halftime lead before scoring on the first three possessions of the second half. 

 

Dallas Cockerham had 134 rushing yards and three passing touchdowns for Lamar County. Landon Williams scored on a 36-yard run. Cockerham also had two 2-yard rushing scores. In the air, Cockerham hit Tim Harton on scoring pass plays of 49, 39, and 35 yards. 

 

Defensively, Lamar County held the high-octane offense attack of Long to 188 yards of total offense, while forcing three turnovers. 

 

n Sweet Water 54, Aliceville 7: At Aliceville, Ala., the Yellow Jackets scored on the game's first possession but that would be the lone highlight in this second-round Class 2A playoff loss. 

 

Aliceville drove that first possession 65 yards on nine plays. Junior quarterback Christopher Crowell capped the drive by hitting sophomore running back Jeremy McMullen on a 20-yard scoring strike. 

 

Sweet Water answered with three straight touchdowns before Aliceville had its next threat. With the ball on the Bulldogs' 11-yard line, Crowell threw a pass interception just shy of the end zone. Trying to make a tackle, Crowell was injured and did not return to the game. 

 

The Bulldogs would eventually score six first-half touchdowns and were not threatened after that. 

 

Aliceville finishes the season 7-5. 

 

n Pickens County 34, Cedar Bluff 0: At Cedar Bluff, Ala., the Tornadoes post their second straight shutout in Class 1A playoff action. 

 

Pickens County (10-2) racked up 489 yards of offense. Junior running back Jermarcus Brown ran for 286 yards and a touchdown. Brown topped the 1,900-yard rushing mark in the victory, and has 25 touchdowns. 

 

William Stewart had two rushing touchdowns for the Tornadoes, while Brown and Darrien Latham had the other scores. Stewart finished with 96 yards rushing. 

 

Devonte Simon led the defense with three interceptions. He returned one of the interceptions 80 yards for a touchdown. 

 

Pickens County will play host to Berry (8-4) in a third-round matchup Friday night. 

 

n Restoration Academy 48, Pickens Academy 13: At Troy, Ala., the Pirates finished the season 10-3 after a loss in the Alabama Independent School Association Class A state championship game at Troy University. 

 

Pickens Academy rushed for 217 yards but committed five turnovers. Josh Lewis ran 13 times for 97 yards, Garrett Estes ran 15 times for 68 yards, and Joel Pratt ran 10 times for 51 yards. 

 

Estes scored on a 5-yard run, while Pratt scored on a 3-yard run. 

 

A winner of only three games a season ago, Pickens Academy was led defensively by Estes with 10 tackles and a sack. Cody Scott had nine tackles, while Pratt also had a pass interception. 

 

The Pirates began the season with an eight-game win streak. This loss was the only setback against a Class A opponent this season.

 

Scott is sports copy editor and reporter

 

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