The Wadley Bulldogs went on the road Friday night and secured their third straight region win with a 52-36 rout of Talladega County Central.
“It’s a good win, but I don’t want us to get happy about beating them,” Wadley head coach Darrell Roach said. “We’ve got a goal this year and we want to stick to that goal. We don’t want to get too happy with where we are because we’ve got some tough competition ahead.”
Wadley certainly played like a playoff caliber team Friday night, rolling up 340 rushing yards on 39 attempts. The passing game was solid as well, accounting for 159 of the 499 total yards for the Bulldogs.
Roach said the play of the offensive line deserves a lot of the credit for the convincing win.
“I praised them after the game,” Roach said. “That wouldn’t have happened without them doing their job. They stepped up and controlled the line of scrimmage.”
The Wadley defense was similarly impressive, giving up only 222 total yards to TCC.
“As far as the defense goes, I can’t complain,” Roach said. “They’re playing hard and being physical.”
The Bulldogs got on the board first with a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback T.L. Heard to Adrian Marable with 4:54 left in the first quarter. The point after was no good.
Then with 0:53 left in the first quarter, Heard found an open Caleb Calhoun for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, and Wadley led 12-0.
Kamauri Avery, who led the Bulldogs’ rushing attack with 189 yards on 18 carries, scored Wadley’s third touchdown on a 14-yard run with 8:55 left in the second quarter. The point after was no good.
Talladega County Central struck back on the following kickoff by returning the kick for a touchdown. The try for two was good to make the score 18-8 in favor of Wadley.
Heard contributed another Wadley touchdown with his feet, scoring on a 12-yard run with 4:28 left before halftime. The point after was good and Wadley led 25-8.
With 3:13 left in the second quarter, TCC scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion made the halftime score 25-14.
Scoring in the third quarter began with a 5-yard touchdown run from Avery with 7:36 left in the third quarter. The point after was no good though, and the Bulldogs led 31-14.
Calhoun added another Wadley touchdown with a 3-yard run with 5:14 left in the third quarter. The point after made it 38-14.
Avery scored his third touchdown of the night on a 2-yard rush with 4:44 left in the third quarter. The point after gave Wadley a 45-14 lead.
Then with 3:06 left in the third quarter, TCC scored on a 10-yard run, and the two-point conversion made it 45-22.
Wadley’s final touchdown came on a 5-yard run courtesy of Chandler McClain with 5:03 left in the fourth quarter. The point after was good.
TCC added two more touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game, but it was far from enough to topple the Bulldogs.
Roach said he was not only proud of the way the players performed on the road, but the coaches as well.
“Our coaches have done a good job and bought in to what we’re doing,” Roach said.
This week, Wadley will host Gaston in the mid-season non-region game.
“They have a few players injured, but they’ve still got some athletes we have to contain,” Roach said. “They’ll spread the ball out and be physical. Our big goal is to stay healthy for region play. We want to get on them quick and rest some guys for region play. But we’ve got to play ball against this bunch. They’re going to come to play. We’ve got to play our game and execute.”