Moody v Sylacauga

Moody Blue Devils line up for the hike to start the game against Sylacauga. Photo by Willie Strickland

The Moody Blue Devils fought to the bitter end but fell short in a tough 21 – 14 loss to Sylacauga last Friday night at Bill Morris Stadium. 

Sylacauga was the third highly ranked 5A school in a row for the Blue Devils.  Moody lost to #2 Etowah 19 – 0, defeated rival St. Clair 41 – 20 and #8 Sylacauga was next.

Moody got on the score board first thanks to a great defensive play by Mason Shockley, who snagged an Aggie handoff and took it 21 yards to the Sylacauga 8 yard line.  Two plays later Player of the Week Rashad Clark broke into the end zone for the first score of the game.  The extra point was good and with 9:33 left in the first quarter Moody led 7 – 0.

Number eight-ranked Sylacauga had an answer on their next drive.  The Aggies drove 62 yards in eleven plays to score, thanks to a Lee Dale 10 yard touchdown.  The extra point was good and the score was tied at 7 after the first quarter. 

The Blue Devils started the 2nd quarter 2nd and 7 from their own 46 yard line.  Rashad Clark, playing out of the wildcat stepped back and connected 25 yards with Logan Cole setting up 1st and 10 at the Aggies 11 yard line.  Clark scored on the very next play.  The Extra point was good and Moody was back on top 14 – 7.

The Aggies had an answer once again.  Sylacauga started their next drive at their own 41 yard line.  The Aggies thunder back. Jordan Ridgeway broke free for a huge gain of 46 yards deep into Moody territory.  Tack on a horse collar penalty against the Blue Devils and the Aggies had the football first and goal at the Moody one yard line.  Ridgeway scored from one yard out.  The extra point was good and the game was tied at 14 – 14 going into the half. 

That was the score late in the fourth quarter.  The Aggies stopped the Blue Devils at midfield and forced them to punt.  Sylacauga took over at their own 33 yard line.  The Aggies drove 67 yard in 7 plays to score and take their first lead of the game 21 – 14 with exactly 2:00 left in the game. 

Moody’s drive started at their own 20 yard line with 1:50 left in the game.  The Blue Devils drove the ball down to the Aggies 41 yard line.  A motion penalty negated a 4th down conversion and put Moody back to 4th and 15 at the Aggies 46 yard line.  The Blue Devils could not convert.  An Aggie player took a big hit and was knocked out.  The stadium went completely quiet.  The young man was ok.  The game came to an end and Moody fell short 21 – 14.

Rashad Clark led the Blue Devil offense with 144 total yards.  He had 108 rushing, 26 passing and 10 yards receiving.  Christian Archer led the Blue Devil defense with 17 tackles, 3 for loss and a forced fumble.  Aiden Calvert and Mason Shockley each had 8 tackles.  Shockley had a fumble recovery.

Moody falls to 1 – 2(1 – 1) on the season.  The Blue Devils go 1 – 1 on their two game home stand.  Now they hit the road for two weeks.  Moody makes their first trip to Central Clay County to battle with the Volunteers in region play this Friday.  Next week Moody travels to Shelby County to take on the Wildcats in non-region play. The Blue Devils will return home on October 5 for Homecoming and a return to region play against the Munford Lions.

Kick off for Moody at Central Clay County will be at 7 p.m.

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