Contested pass

Handley's C.J. Allen (8) defends a pass against Tallassee running back Jayln Daniels in the first quarter of Handley's 21-7 season-opening loss.

Tallassee scored two of its touchdowns on a pair of long fourth down plays, and Handley never found a rhythm on offense as Tallassee extended its winning streak over Handley to four straight with a 21-7 win at Wright Field Friday.

Tallassee's first touchdown came on a 4th-and-goal play from the 17-yard line that Handley defensive back Quadae Lewis batted off course before it helicoptered into the arms of Tallassee receiver Matt Justiss to give the visiting Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Then, clinging to a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter Tallassee quarterback Tyler Ellis found Tavarious Griffin for a 26-yard score on a 4th-and-20 play that put the game effectively out of reach at 21-7 with just over eight minutes left in the game.

Those improbable plays, coupled with a string of Handley miscues, kept Handley from mounting a serious comeback threat.

Trailing 14-7 early in the third quarter Handley got what appeared to be a game-tying 46-yard touchdown run from Devontae Houston, but the play was negated by an illegal motion penalty.

Later, down 21-7 in the fourth and needing a score to keep its hopes a live, Handley quickly advanced to a first-and-goal at the Tallassee 8-yard line. But from there Handley sandwiched four penalties around a sack and an incomplete pass, which put them in an untenable 4th-and-goal from the 36-yard line.

Houston was the only consistent source of offense as he rushed for 104 yards on 19 carries. Handley's only touchdown came on a 13-yard strike from Evan Cofield to Dylan Brooks just before halftime.

Handley will attempt to regroup for next week's region opener at Holtville.

Clay Central 38, Benjamin Russell 14

Danny Horn earned his 300th career win in convincing fashion, as his Clay Central Volunteers knocked of his former team Benjamin Russell 38-14 in Alexander City Friday.

Horn is just the sixth coach with 300 wins in the state of Alabama.

Wadley 40, Woodland 13

Woodland held a surprising 7-6 lead after the first quarter, but Wadley regained the upper hand and never surrendered it in a 40-13 Wadley victory. The win was the fifth straight for Wadley in the cross-county rivalry.

Other scores

RCHS 28, Notasulga 7

Ranburne 41, Glencoe 0

Get complete coverage of all five of these games in Wednesday's print edition of the Randolph Leader.

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