For the first time since 2014, the Donoho Falcons made the playoffs, and they didn’t show any rust Friday night in their opening-round victory.
They dominated their Class 1A game with a 59-14 victory over the Coosa Christian Conquerors.
“After a couple of years of losing, winning feels awesome,” Donoho quarterback Hall Billings said. “We’re trying to change the culture here and this is the first step in it.”
The Falcons’ dominance started early with a touchdown on their opening possession and continued as they ran up 28 points before the first quarter ended. As they headed into halftime, they led 45-0 and showed no signs of letting up.
The Conquerors managed to score two touchdowns in the second half. One came from Karter Roberts on a kickoff return for 89 yards and the other came off a short run from Dartavious Britton with 53 seconds left in the game. The final touchdown included a successful two-point conversion to make up for a missed extra point earlier.
What to know
—Donoho had complete control of the game with 419 yards of total offense compared to Coosa Christian’s 173.
—The Falcons’ Billings completed six of eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran nine times for 144 yards.
—Rod Elston led Donoho in rushing yards with 151 on 15 attempts. He also scored three touchdowns on the ground. DeKari Garrett scored two touchdowns of his own, and both Will Nelson and Reed Williamon caught passes for touchdowns.
—Williamon also intercepted Coosa Christian quarterback Caiden Lipscomb and took it 19 yards for a touchdown.
—Coosa Christian’s Britton led his team with 102 yards on 15 attempts.
—Donoho coach Mark Sanders on his team’s performance: “I feel awesome. This is the first time our team has won a playoff game in four years and it feels great. Our team is real gritty and they’re tough. We love each other and we love to play hard for each other.”
—Sanders on his team’s improvement from last season to this one: “It just takes a little time. We were close a lot last year, but you know this year we really spent a lot of time with them and got them to wear we wanted them and they’ve done an awesome job — 9-2, it’s a great year. I feel great, the team feels great and we’ll just see how next week goes.”
—Billings on his performance: “It was awesome, but it doesn’t start with me; it starts with my line. We won the line of scrimmage every play. I don’t feel like we had any pressure on passes. So it was awesome.”
—Donoho (9-2) will face Mars Hill Bible (10-1) at home next week. Mars Hill beat Marion County 55-0 in the first round.