The Donoho Falcons’ offense soared Friday night, scoring six touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Ragland.
In a Class 1A, Region 5 matchup, the Falcons had too much offense for the Purple Devils to handle. The Falcons combined for 379 yards of total offense.
“We were lights out tonight. Things are really coming together for us. We had to win the battle up front. I always put the weight of the world on the offensive line, and when they succeed, the whole team succeeds,” Donoho coach Mark Sanders said.
Donoho’s Hall Billings was 11-of-16 passing for 175 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. The senior started off with a 24-yard pass on the first play to tight end Will Nelson that jump-started the Falcons to a big night.
On the last drive of the first half, Billings threw a 29-yard pass on first down and a 31-yard touchdown strike to Blake Steed on third down to give the Falcons a 21-7 halftime lead.
Billings scored his running touchdown on the Falcons’ first drive of the second half with a 1-yard keeper. To put the nail in the coffin for the Falcons, Billings found Nelson again for a 4-yard touchdown to make the game 35-7.
What to know
—Rodricus Elston stood out for the Falcons as well, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game. Elston scored from 1 and 4 yards out. Elston finished with 62 rushing yards.
—The Donoho offense was well balanced with 175 in the air and 204 on the ground. DeKari Garrett was a bruiser back for the Falcons, especially in the second half with 60 yards on the ground. The biggest running play of the game was in the fourth quarter when James Williamson put the game at 41-7 with a 60-yard touchdown run.
—Ragland scored in the first quarter with a 8-yard run by Jalen Byers. He finished with 81 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving. Ragland had 250 yards of offense, but could not sustain drives. The Falcons' defense stepped up and forced two turnovers.
—Sanders on his team moving forward: "Extremely proud of everybody tonight, if we can keep having this bond of brothers, learning and getting better, the sky’s the limit for this team.”
—Sanders on the next game: "It’s going to be a tough week. Coach Beckett (of Winterboro) does a great job with his teams. He has great athletes and it’s going to be an all-out war next week. We’re not going to back down. We're going to give it all we got, and we will see what happens.”
—The Donoho Falcons improved to 2-1, including 1-0 in Class 1A, Region 5 play. Next week, the Falcons go on the road for the first time this season to take on Winterboro. Ragland is 0-3, including 0-1 in Region 5 play. The Purple Devils go to Talladega County Central next week.