By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • email@example.com
OHATCHEE, Ala. — The Fyffe Red Devils defeated the Ohatchee Indians, 26-7 in the third round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Playoffs.
The first quarter was a defensive battle with neither team scoring.
With 9:01 remaining in the second quarter, Ike Rowell snuck in from 2-yards out. The point-after attempt failed but put six points on the board for the Red Devils. Rowell attacked again, this time from 86 yards around the left to score, with 4:09 remaining in the second quarter. The two-point conversion failed but gave Fyffe the 12-0 advantage going into the half.
Rowell connected with Justin Stiefel on an 8-yard touchdown pass, with 8:35 remaining in the third quarter. The extra point by Brody Dalton made the score 19-0. On fourth-and-1, Ohatchee dashed into the endzone with :39 remaining in the third. The extra point narrowed the Red Devil lead to 19-7.
Ike Rowell scored his third rushing touchdown of the night, as he bulldozed his way in from 2-yards out with 6:56 remaining in the game. The kick by Dalton was good, giving the Fyffe Red Devils their 13th straight postseason win, with a score of 26-7.
Rowell led the Red Devils with 194 yard on 26 carries.
“It’s a tough road win for anyone to beat Ohatchee,” said Fyffe Head Coach Paul Benefield. “Our guys have a ton of experience...and I think it showed. I was very proud of how physical we played and how we found a way to win.”
The Fyffe Red Devils will host the defending Class 3A State Champions, Piedmont Bulldogs on Friday night.