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October 19, 2014

Pell City defeats Walker 14-7 at home in season-opener

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 11:40 pm

The Pell City Panthers defeated the Walker Vikings Friday night at Pete Rich Stadium 17-14 as freshman kicker Sergio Alvarez kicked a 19-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game.

As a matter of fact, all the scoring in the game came in the fourth quarter.

Pell City’s defense was unbelievable as they held Walker to minus three years throughout the first three quarters.

The Vikings broke the scoreless tie on a 17-yard run with 11:29 remaining in the game to take a 7-0 lead.

The lead did not last long, however, as Jonathon Spears returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards. The two-point conversion was good by the Panthers as they grabbed the lead at 8-7.

Walker then drove 73 yards in 11 plays to regain the lead. The touchdown came on a 10-yard run with 7:35 remaining in the game, The PAT was good to make the score 14-8.

The unthinkable happened next for Pell City, as they fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Walker recovered at the Panther seven-yard line.

Pell City’s defense stiffened and forced a field goal attempt that was blocked.

Pell City then drove 94 yards in five plays, with the touchdown coming on a 65-yard pass from quarterback Hudson Hughes to Devon Mitchell. The PAT was blocked and the game was tied 14-14 with 3:20 left in regulation.

Four plays later, Walker was forced to punt, and the Panthers took over at the Walker 34-yard line. Six plays later, Alvarez kicked the winning field goal to give Pell City its first-ever win over Walker, 17-14.

Pell City travels to Lincoln next week to take on the Golden Bears.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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