If I told you a freshman running back from Wadley ran for over 200 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s game against Woodland, your first guess of who that was would most likely be Jaquez Wilkes. If that’s the case, your first guess would be wrong.
Cortavion Lynch carried six times for 239 yards and four scores as Wadley thumped Woodland 49-0 in the regular season finale for both teams.
Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 80, 70, 10 and 38 yards – all in the first half – as Wadley put together an onslaught of big plays to build a 34-0 lead before the break.
The final two quarters were played under 10-minute running clocks, but Wadley’s run game continued to make the most of its opportunities. Jamarius Atkinson ran for 91 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns to close out the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Offensively Woodland felt the absence of leading running back David Noles, who did not play due to illness. In his absence the Bobcats managed just 80 rushing yards and 98 total yards of offense. Quarterback Callen Gay finished as Woodland’s leading rusher with 34 yards on five carries.
Wilkes, who has now rushed for over 1,500 yards in his first year as Wadley’s lead running back, did have an impact on the game early. His 83-yard touchdown run put Wadley’s first points on the board, and he finished with 99 yards on six carries.
The win raised Wadley’s record to 6-4, assuring them of a winning record for the second straight season. Woodland fell to 1-9 with the loss.
Wadley will travel to Pickens County for the first round of the playoffs next week. Those two teams met in the state semifinals last year, with Wadley coming away with a 41-36 win in that one.
Ranburne 27, RCHS 18
Clay Central 35, Wetumpka 30