SYLACAUGA -- Winterboro overcame four turnovers and a determined B.B. Comer squad to secure an 18-8 victory at Legion Stadium on Friday night.
Bulldogs running back Philemon Jones broke free for a 40-yard run with 6:09 to play but fumbled on the goal line. Winterboro senior wide receiver Deven Calhoun covered up the ball for a touchdown to ice the game.
“I thought it was a battle,” Winterboro head coach Alan Beckett said. “It was a real battle. Comer had a lot of heart, and I definitely thought they did a lot of really good things. They gave us a lot of trouble with some of the things they did.
“Defensively, we gave up a really big play, but that’s a credit to them. I thought we played a really good game, and coach (Anthony) Jacks has made an impact on our program. Our defense was really flying around.”
Jacks, a former Comer head coach, is Winterboro’s defensive coordinator.
Jones combined with teammate Cor’Darrius Swain for 165 of the Bulldogs’ 196 rushing yards. Swain contributed a 2-yard touchdown on Winterboro’s second drive.
Winterboro quarterback Shaun Vincent completed his first pass of the day to wide receiver Nyles Ashley for a 26-yard touchdown. Vincent ended his day 2 of 6 for 42 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Three to know
-- B.B. Comer running back Raphaele Johnson scored the Tigers’ only touchdown on a 78-yard run that cut Winterboro’s lead to 12-8 in the second quarter. He finished the night with 69 yards on four carries. Without his touchdown run, the Tigers’ rushing attack would’ve posted minus-10 yards.
-- Winterboro’s first three drives began inside the B.B. Comer 30. Two of them were set up by disastrous Tigers’ special teams plays -- a misfired snap that resulted in a 24-yard loss on fourth down and a blocked punt by Bulldogs sophomore defensive lineman Darius Middlebrooks that ended in another 24-yard loss.
- Prior to the Bulldogs’ final touchdown drive, B.B. Comer quarterback Ward Rush appeared to have the Tigers in scoring position with a 7-yard run to the Winterboro 1, but a costly holding penalty wiped out the play.
- Ashley on his touchdown catch: “I was pretty shook when I caught it. I was on the sideline, and coach called the offense to go on. They called the play out, and I just told them I had it and I was going to catch it. I was getting ready to make a play.”
- Beckett on the big special teams plays: “I thought that reversed the field. We created a short field a couple times for us. Special teams is a third of the game, so that’s a really big deal.”
Winterboro (2-0) will face Spring Garden (0-1) in a Class 1A, Region 5 battle next Friday. B.B. Comer (0-1) will head to Saks (2-0) for its first game in 3A, Region 6 action next Friday.