Winterboro took the opening kickoff and shocked their hosts with a 36-yard touchdown run by Cardri Duncan less than a minute into the game, which David Nurnberg’s ‘Dogs followed up with a two-point conversion run by quarterback Taylor Garrett for an 8-0 lead just 40 seconds into the game.
But Comer held Winterboro and scored twice before the end of the first quarter for a lead they would not relinquish.
Comer’s Tyler Holmes blocked a Winterboro punt and Spencer Lykes recovered it to give the Tigers a first-and-goal at the 6. Caleb Duffee ran it in from the 5-yard-line for Comer’s first touchdown of the evening.
Comer’s Jordan Butler then recovered the kickoff after it was touched by a Winterboro lineman, putting Comer in business with a first-and-goal just eight yards from the goal line. Holmes passed to Butler from the five for the points, and Brandon Knox kicked the first of six PATs for the evening from Holmes’ hold to give Comer a 13-8 lead.
Second quarter touchdowns increased the lead. The first came on a 53-yard drive capped off by a 9-yard run by Holmes for the TD. In the final minute of the first half Butler intercepted a Bulldog pass to give the Tigers the ball at the Winterboro 12-yard line. Martavous McElrath scored from the 3 with 31 seconds left it the half for a 27-8 lead.
Comer took the opening kick of the second half, but the drive was cut short by a fumble. Winterboro’s Jaylen Ashley caught a Tiger fumble in the air and returned it to 48-yard line. A penalty on the play moved the ball into Tiger territory at the 33-yard line and Winterboro drove it into the end zone in five plays. Garrett carried for the final yard. The two-point conversion failed.
That was Comer’s cue to score again, this time on a 68-yard, 8-play drive highlighted by a 28-yard run by quarterback Holmes and an 18-yard pass from Holmes to Knox. McElrath carried from the 6 to give the Tigers a 34-14 lead.
Both team scored twice in the final quarter. The first was a 2-yard TD for Comer by Holmes.
Winterboro then drove 84 yards to score, with the touchdown coming on a 29-yard pass play with Garrett throwing to Cedric McKenzie. McKenzie also ran it in for the conversion.
Comer got an unexpected surprise on the first play from scrimmage following Winterboro’s kickoff. On his first play at quarterback in the game, Comer’s Houston Ford handed off to Tyre McKinney, in his first play at fullback. The ninth-grader took off on a 65-yard spring to put Comer on top 48-22.
Winterboro came back in the closing minutes to drive 66 yards and score on a 27-yard run by Bernard Twymon, who was game-high with 102 rushing yards.
Comer’s McKinney wasn’t far behind, with 95 yards — all of them coming in the second half.
Comer coach Anthony Jacks said he was pleased with his team’s effort, and said “For the most part, they played a pretty complete game. Tyler (Holmes) did a good job reading the defense, and we were surprised by Tyre McKinney. It was his first time at fullback and he shot like a rocket. I’m excited about our future here.
The teams get back to Region play next week, with Comer (4-1, 3-0) hosting Leeds and Winterboro (1-4, 1-2) hosting Loachapoka.