RUSSELLVILLE — McAdory’s David Knight scored three touchdowns, and the Yellow Jackets defense stymied the Russellville offense as the Golden Tigers fell 27-3.
Russellville (9-3) was held to 128 yards of total offense and only made one trip to the red zone, which resulted in its lone field goal.
“I’m happy with the way our seniors represented themselves. They played hard,” Russellville head coach Michael Jackson said. “We played against a good football team. We would have had to play perfect, and they would have had to mess up some for us to win.”
“Coming in, we were worried about being able to match their defensive front. They have a big, physical, and fast front. We could just never get anything going against them.”
Trailing 14-3 early in the fourth quarter, Russellville looked to be getting back in the game when its offense drove the ball 47 yards in nine plays to the McAdory 35. The drive stalled when Brian Sledge-Howe intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to the Russellville 47. A few plays later, Knight scored on a 15-yard run to make the score 21-3 with 4:36 remaining in the game.
Damien Whitfield picked off a pass on the Golden Tigers’ next possession and returned it 35 yards for first-and-goal from the 8-yard line. Knight scored his third touchdown of the night on the following play to round the scoring out at 27-3 with 4:07 to play.
Things didn’t go much better for the Golden Tigers in the first half.
McAdory (12-0) scored its first touchdown late in the first quarter on an 8-yard run by Knight to go up 7-0.
Russellville answered by driving 46 yards in nine plays, but its drive stalled at the 7-yard line and the Golden Tigers had to settle with Adam Brown’s 24-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 in the second quarter.
The Yellow Jackets added a touchdown late in the half when Kyram Moore found Clinton Powell open in the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass. McAdory led 14-3 at the half.
“Defensively, I thought we played extremely well in the first half besides giving up a couple of broken plays,” Jackson said.
Tyler Boyd led the Golden Tigers in rushing with 70 yards.