The Handley Tigers made it look easy against Childersburg Friday night at Wright Field, as the Tigers cruised to a 48-18 region victory.
Handley head coach Mike Battles said he felt like the team has made improvements every week, with a big bump for the defense this week.
"I think we got a little better on defense," Battles said. "We're not there yet, but we're getting there."
Handley held Childersburg to a paltry 210 yards total offense while the Tigers busted up their opponents for 454 total yards. The Tigers earned 380 yards on the ground and 74 through the air.
"On offense, we did as well as we thought we would do," Battles said. "We just went out there and played our game."
The contest started slowly with neither team scoring in the opening quarter, but Handley got things going early in the second quarter.
Rashad Trammell punched in a 2-yard touchdown run with 10:28 left in the second quarter. The point after was no good.
Handley quarterback Trae Kyles called his own number and scored on a 25-yard touchdown run with 5:36 left in the second quarter. Coby Floyd ran in the two-point conversion play to put Handley up 14-0.
The Tigers showed they were a threat in the air next, when Kyles connected with Connor Smith for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:40 left in the second quarter. The point after from Connor Boyd made the score 21-0 at halftime.
Handley increased its lead in the third quarter when Kyles jetted 65 yards down the field for a touchdown with 8:32 left in the third. The point after was no good.
Childersburg put up its first touchdown of the night on a 64-yard run with 8:01 left in the third quarter. The point after was no good.
Kyles struck again with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Cook with 3:39 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion was good, putting Handley up 35-6.
Childersburg added another touchdown on a 23-yard pass with 11:09 left in the fourth quarter, but the point after was no good.
Jarrieon Williams got in on the action for the Tigers with a 5-yard touchdown run with 8:10 remaining in the game. The point after was no good, however.
Childersburg scored its last touchdown on a 4-yard run with 5:10 left in the game. The point after failed.
Handley's Cody Foster put a cap on the Tigers' scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left in the game. Kyles kicked the point after to make final score 48-18 in favor of Handley.
Duran Zachery and Kyles carried the load for Handley in the win with Zachery going for 114 yards on 22 carries and Kyles putting up 144 yards on 12 carries.
"Both of them are playing really well and running the ball hard," Battles said. "We're working on ways to get them the ball, and that's what we're going to continue to do."
This week Handley will hit the road to face region foe Dallas County.
"They've got some good looking kids," Battles said. "They've got the athleticism to beat us. We've got to keep the ball out of their hands and do what we've been doing."