FROM STAFF REPORTS
HANOVER – Fayetteville used a clutch goal-line stand to secure a victory in its high school football season opener Friday night.
The Wolves forced incomplete passes on third and fourth down from inside their own 10-yard line in the final two minutes and hung on for a 28-22 victory over host Coosa Central.
It was a historic night for Fayetteville as Jessica Hill kicked a pair of extra points to become the first female in school history to score in a football game.
Offensively, Fayetteville relied on a strong ground game.
Dustin Ingram carried 22 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. Payton McKee added six carries for 68 yards and a score. Quarterback Jake Skinner chipped in 19 yards and two TDs on seven carries.
But despite all that success, the game came down to the final 2:33 as Coosa Central set up shop first-and-goal. The Fayetteville defense stuffed Coosa for a loss of 6 yards on a running play on first down. A running play on second down gained 5 yards, but Coosa passes were off target on third and fourth down.
McKee raced 31 yards for the winning touchdown with seven minutes remaining after Fayetteville had tied the game at 22-all on a Skinner 1-yard TD in the third and Zane McGrady’s heads-up two-point conversion. McGrady recovered a teammate’s fumble in the end zone to secure the points.
Coosa Central led 14-7 at halftime, but Fayetteville tied it on Skinner’s 1-yard TD and Hill’s second extra point of the night.
Coosa Central moved back in front when quarterback Andrew Hammonds connected with Tyius Evans for 77 yards and a touchdown. Rodriquez Whetstone ran for two points and a 22-14 edge.
Hammonds completed 8 of 20 passing attempts for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 69 yards. Whetstone carried 18 times for 42 yards and a score.
Whetstone scored the only touchdown of the second quarter on a 13-yard run, then ran for two points to send Coosa Central into halftime with a 14-7 edge.
Coosa Central opened the scoring on a 73-yard pass from Hammond to David McKinney. The extra point failed.
Fayetteville took a 7-6 lead when Ingram scored from 5 yards out and Hill kicked the history-making extra point.
The Wolves will travel to R.C. Hatch next week.