East Alabama Sports Today
JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville scored four touchdowns in a seven-minute stretch of the third quarter to pull away from a close game with a 44-21 victory to clinch the third playoff spot out of Class 4A Region 4.
The Golden Eagles (5-4, 4-2) held a 16-7 halftime lead before their eruption. Quarterback Jim Ogle alternated touchdown passes to Joseph Pridgen and Jacoby Zackery with two of Taj Morris’ three touchdown runs in the game during the breakaway stretch.
The Warriors (6-3, 4-2) finally stopped the spree when Damien Ramsey scored on a 2-yard run with 53 seconds left in the quarter. Cade Hopper and Lamycal Mitchell scored Cherokee County’s other touchdowns in the game.
Ogle completed 13-of-21 passes in the game for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Morris rushed for 165 yards on 16 carries. Zackery caught four passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Xay Turner led the Jacksonville defense with nine tackles, including three for loss. Tito Canales had five tackles, three of loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
The result of the game left two teams tied for the final two playoff spots in the region standings, but the game served as the head-to-head tiebreaker, giving the edge to Jacksonville.