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Wadley receiver Jonathan Poole (2) goes up for a pass as Lanett's Ka'Darius Zackery defends during Lanett's 14-13 win Friday night.

Wadley was unable to cash in a two-point conversion try late in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs' comeback fell short in a 14-13 loss to Lanett in Wadley Friday night.

With Wadley trailing 14-7 receiver Jonathan Poole hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Marable with 2:58 left in the game to complete an impressive 14-play, 72-yard drive that gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to tie the game or go ahead.

Wadley head coach Shenan Motely opted to go for two points and the win, but Caden Messer's dive out of the water bucket came up inches short of the goal line, leaving Wadley behind by a point.

Wadley had one more opportunity to win it when the Bulldogs forced a three-and-out and took possession inside their own 20-yard line with 2:26 to go. But Wadley couldn't overcome the long odds and the long field as the drive stalled at their own 39-yard line as time expired.

The defenses dominated most of the game as Wadley limited Lanett quarterback Kristian Story, an Alabama commit, to just a handful of big plays. Story rushed for 78 yards on eight carries, but 63 of those yards came on two of those totes. Story also completed just 9-of-22 passes for 111 yards, but two of those completions went for touchdowns.

His 5-yard toss to Travaunta Abner early in the second quarter broke a scoreless tie and put Lanett up 7-0. He also added a 25-yard pass to Larontavious Hurston on the Panthers' first possession of the second half to give them the decisive points of the game.

As for Wadley the hard yards came from the feet of Caden Messer, who rushed for a team-high 81 yards on 18 carries.

Poole was pivotal in Wadley's first touchdown as he caught a 27-yard strike from Marable that gave Wadley a first-and-goal at the Lanett 3-yard line late in the second quarter. Two plays later Marable dove across the goal line from a yard out to tie the game at 7-7.

Poole finished with three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Wadley falls to 1-1 with the loss and goes to 0-1 in region play, while Lanett moves to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the region.

Wadley will return to region play next week at home against Loachapoka.

Handley 34, Holtville 6

Devontae Houston rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns as Handley blasted Holtville 34-6 to get its first win of the season.

The Tigers rolled to 440 yards of offense, and Houston scored on touchdown runs of 22, 47, 9 and 35 yards as Handley built a 34-0 lead late in the third quarter.

Evan Cofield balanced out that running performance by completing 5-of-8 passes for 113 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown to Dylan Brooks.

Handley will take on Booker T. Washington in a non-region game next week.

Other scores

RCHS 27, Glencoe 0

Ranburne 54, Gaston 0

Ohatchee 47, Woodland 6

Clay Central 34, Munford 12

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