The first quarter opened with both teams exchanging punts with the Tigers returning one punt to the Rebel 37. A 12-yard run by quarterback Tyler Holmes and another 15 yards tacked on because of holding took the ball to the Thorsby 13. On the next play Holmes found receiver Jordan Butler in the end zone and the Tigers with the extra point were up 7-0.
Starting from their own 41, the Rebels seemed to find a running game with running backs Christopher Brown and Kevin Owens. Aided by a face-mask penalty Thorsby took the ball to the Comer 1 where quarterback Nathan Oldroyd drove it in for the score. The PAT was good tying the score 7-7.
Comer then completed a drive beginning at the end of the first quarter from Thorsby’s 46 and drove to a second score. The Tigers bogged down at the Thorsby 39 but a run off of a fake punt by running back Tyler Jackson took the ball to the Thorsby 16. Four plays later running back Daniel Caldwell took the ball in from the 6. The missed 2-point conversion gave Comer the lead 13-7.
Holding the Rebels to a 3-and-out, Comer started a drive from the Thorsby 41. Wide receiver Jackson took a pass from Holmes and was injured during the tackle.
Jackson’s mother, Hollie, also a paramedic and team sideline paramedic, ran out to hear the referee say he was unconscious. He aroused and was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center for tests. She said after the game that there were no fractures or bleeds. “He just got his bell rung,” Osbourn said.
When play resumed the Tigers took the ball down to the Rebel 15 and on fourth down Holmes was sacked and Thorsby took over on their own 20.
Neither team was able to move the ball the next three minutes. At the half the scored remained 13-7.
Comer came roaring out of the locker room the second half and mounted a 50-yard drive through the punishing running of fullback Caleb Duffee. Duffee carried the ball three out of four plays and took the ball in from the 14 and the extra point extended Comer’s lead to 20-7.
After the game Tigers coach Anthony Jacks said his team should have scored four TDs but scored only two. “It was more what we were not doing than what they were doing,” Jacks said.
The offense was not finished. After the defense stopped Thorsby for negative yards, Comer took the ball from their 35 and drove to another score. This drive was sparked by a 61-yard gallop by Caldwell who scampered down the sideline to the Rebels 3. Two plays later running back Martayvous MceElrath scored and with a missed extra point the Tigers put the game out of reach 26-7 with only 5:35 left on the clock.
Once again the Comer defense held Thorsby and after a fake punt attempt failed, the Tigers took over on the Tiger 47 but was unable to move the ball.
From their 45 the Rebels began the fourth quarter showing some offensive spark and drove the ball to the Tiger 9. After a run gaining no yards and two passes batted down, Oldroyd was unable to handle a low snap on fourth down and Comer took over on its own 22.
Comer then drove 78 yards in 7 plays behind the running of Duffee, McElrath and Caldwell. It was quarterback Holmes that gave spark to the drive with a 28-yard run. With first down at the Thorsby 2, Thorsby’s defense looked for the run only to have Holmes toss the ball to a wide open tight end Brandon Knox for the score and the Tigers’ lead stood 33-7.
With a little over 6 minutes left in the game, Thorsby drove toward the Tiger end zone before turning the ball over by fumbling at the 7.
However, fumbling the ball back to the Rebels, Thorsby drove the ball 16 yards to score their second touchdown of the night and with a 2-point conversion they cut into the Tiger lead 33-15.
Comer ran the clock out to preserve the 33-15 victory.
“We came back the second half, we executed, and we finished the game,” Jacks said after the game. “I’m proud of my team.”
In preparing his team for Thorsby Jacks said Thorsby was a better team than their record and are coached real well.
Thorsby coach Billy Jackson said the Rebels season was plagued with injuries to key players early in the season. “We are not the team we started with at the beginning of the season,” Jackson said.
With 16 seniors on his roster at the beginning of the season Jackson said he lost key players and had to fill their positions with inexperienced players. “We just haven’t been able to recover from the injuries,” Jackson said.
“They played hard sometimes at the right spot but couldn’t make the play,” Jackson said.
Next week Thorsby concludes their season against rival Isabella. In preparing for next week’s game, Jackson said, “We will take a look at what we’ve done right and formulate a game plan for success.”
Next week play Comer plays rival Sylacauga in what has been dubbed “The Marble City Classic.”
“We know them and they know us,” Jacks said. “This is a huge game but we will do what we do and not do anything different. They run a good option and you always have to worry about a time that runs a good option.”
For the night Comer amassed over 300 total yards, with nearly 270 yards coming from the running game.
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