“We are 8-2 and it has been a great year for us so far, especially with as many injuries we faced as the year went on,” Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said. “I think at one time we had four or five starters out. We came in this game and we were afraid that kids were going to overlook B.B.Comer, who has had a great year. They won five games for the first time in a long time. Our kids did a great job of focusing and not looking past a cross-town rival. I am real proud of them.”
The Aggies set the tone on the opening kickoff.
Senior TJ Green took the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead with 11:47 left in the first quarter.
“We wanted to get out fast and that was our plan the whole time,” Griffith said. “If we could get out fast and get some stops, we felt pretty confident.”
The Aggies’ defense forced the Tigers to go three and out. Sylacauga took their opening drive of the night 75-yards for a touchdown. Hunter Johns and TJ Green connected for a 27- yard reception down to the B.B. Comer 33 yard line. Erskin McKinney did the rest as he rushed for 26 yards, including a two-yard touchdown. The PAT gave the Aggies a 14-0 lead.
The Tigers fumbled the football and Tristian Foster recovered the ball for the Aggies.
McKinney, who saw a lot of snaps because of the injury of Ian Floyd, scored his second touchdown of the night on a six-yard run. His touchdown capped off a 57-yard drive, and gave the Aggies a 21-0 lead.
Things got worse for B.B. Comer in the first quarter when quarterback Tyler Holmes was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury.
“It was a tough game for us,” B.B. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “We are just a young team, and we had some injuries that happened. With a young team, we came out too emotional and the emotions kind of got us off our executing. That is something that we have to learn from. We have to learn how to channel our emotions and turn them into something we want. We were getting too hyped up. We kicked the ball to Green the first play, and we weren’t suppose to kick the ball to him. It kind of snowballed from there.”
The Aggies got the football at the Tigers’ 37 yard line after a short punt by the Tigers. McKinney rushed for 27 yards on the drive, including his third touchdown of the night from one yard out to increase their lead to 28-0.
The Aggies continued to pour it on their rivals. Sylacauga took over at the Tigers’ 25 yard line after a high snap went over the head of the punter.
A pass interference call gave Sylacauga the football at the 13 yard line. On the ensuing play, TJ Smith scored on a reverse to give the Aggies a 35-0 lead going into halftime.
McKinney scored his fourth touchdown in the third quarter to give the Aggies a 43-0 lead.
McKinney rushed for 149 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns.
“It is one of those things where we tried to play Erksin for a while, but he finally came into his own,” Griffith said. “We finally moved his position from what we call our A-back to our B-back and when he was moved a week or two ago, he really came into his own. I am really proud of how he is playing right now.”
Daniel Caldwell got the Tigers on the board with 7:50 left in the game. Caldwell scored from 20-yards out. He also converted the two-point conversion to make it 43-8.
Sylacauga travels to take on Demopolis in the first round of the AHSAA Class 5A playoffs.
B.B. Comer travels to Fayette County in the first round of the AHSAA Class 3A playoffs.