SYLACAUGA — B.B. Comer High School’s football team opened its first drive with a 57-yard touchdown run by running back Brian Bradford.
From there, it was all downhill as Class 3A, Region 6 opponent Pleasant Valley pillaged the Tigers’ defense, scoring 39 unanswered points and gaining 468 yards of offense — 399 on the ground.
“We had our eyes in the backfield instead of on the guards,” B.B. Comer head coach Adam Fossett said. “Not keying the guards killed us. Misdirection killed us. Giving up a onside kick early killed us.
“It’s just a matter of getting reps, learning and figuring out football. We’ve got a lot of young kids playing right now, and when one goes down, we’re kind of hamstrung by depth. It was a tough night. We’ve got to learn from it, build from it and go from there.”
Raiders running back Colton East scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:44 left in the opening quarter on a 19-yard run, his first of three scores (his other TDs came from a yard and 2 yards out) en route to a 188-yard effort on 23 carries.
Pleasant Valley not only took rushing yards by force, but the Raiders also stole a pair of first-half possessions by recovering onside kicks.
The Raiders’ final touchdown came on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Brody Phillips to wide receiver Connor Wolfe with 3:47 to play.
What to know
—The Tigers gained more yards on offense on their opening play (57 yards) than they did on their other 28 offensive snaps combined (48 yards).
—B.B. Comer defensive backs Jerrod Looney and Tamar King each picked off a pass in the first half.
—Tigers quarterback Ward Rush took one snap on offense following King’s interception with 25 seconds left in the first half and trailing 20-6. His lone pass was intercepted by Pleasant Valley’s Jake Malsy, who turned it into six points for the Raiders on a 46-yard return. Pleasant Valley led 26-6 at halftime.
—Malsy finished second on the Raiders in rushing with 90 yards and a touchdown (31 yards).
—Pleasant Valley head coach Jonathan Nix on his successful rushing attack: “We’ve had some games this year and situations where all three backs go over 100 yards, so you never know which one to key on and really force it to where you can’t key on just one. I’m proud of the guys. It’s a team effort every time you do that.”
—Fossett on the outcome of the game: “We didn’t do enough of the little things right. We made a lot of mistakes. We made too many mistakes … We had some dumb luck — an onside kick hitting our guy right in the chest and coming off. You could do that 10 times, and they probably would hit him on one out of 10.”
—B.B. Comer (2-5, 1-4) will travel to Piedmont next Friday. Pleasant Valley (4-3, 2-3) will take on Walter Wellborn next Friday.