SEALE, Ala. -- Xavier Woodson was a playmaker all over the field, scoring three first-half touchdowns and helping Eufaula ease to a 48-0 victory over host Russell County Friday night at Corbett-Mitchell Stadium.
Woodson scampered in from short-yardage twice as a running back, and in between his pair of rushing touchdowns, he scooped up Joshua Johnson's fumble and returned it 32 yards for the score.
"Coach told us we need more turnovers," said Woodson, who rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries and added a pass deflection. "Just trying to play hard for the team. It's all about the team. Nobody's selfish on this team."
The Tigers (4-0, 3-0 Class 5A Region 2) wasted little time racing out to a hefty advantage, compiling nine gains of at least 10 yards in the first half. Eufaula led 34-0 at the half, outgaining Russell County 229-71 in the opening two quarters of action.
Eufaula quarterback Roy Johns found Joshua Bush and Jaylin Robinson for TD passes, ensuring the Tigers would knock off the Warriors in their 12th straight meeting. Eufaula now leads the all-time series 31-5.
"They're a pretty good team," Warriors coach Demond McCoy said with a smile. "They're much better than I gave them credit for. We missed our keys, we missed our reads, and they broke a few runs on us, and they piled on. We never got the momentum."
All in all, the Tigers posted touchdowns four different ways: rushing, passing, fumble return and a punt block return. Early in the third quarter, James Helton blocked Patrick Flynn's punt, and McArthur McClendon brought it back 23 yards for the score.
Russell County (1-3, 1-2) couldn't secure its first winning streak under McCoy, after beating Rehobeth 24-0 last week. Russell County tried out four different quarterbacks, including Eddie Brooks who missed most of last year with a severe concussion he sustained against Eufaula.
The Warriors picked up their initial first down in the toughest fashion, backed up to their own 4-yard-line and facing 2nd-and-27 due to three consecutive false starts. However, Emanuel Mcclarin and Kino Franklin picked up 16 and 12 yards respectively to move the chains.
Marquez Grier led the Warriors with 38 yards on 11 carries. Johnson tallied 37 yards on nine rushes, and Calvin Johnson hauled in a 23-yard pass from Dalton Lee at the Eufaula 12 to get Russell County as close as it got to the end zone.
However, Lee's next pass was picked off by Tyre Neal with under two minutes to play, preserving Eufaula's shutout.
"Jamel Harris, our defensive coordinator, he loved it," Woodson said. "We had to do it for him."
Thomas Ford rushed for 109 yards on 10 carries for the Tigers.
"Right now, we're going to go back to the basics," McCoy said. "We're going to make it as simple as we possibly can, so these kids understand they can be aggressive and stop thinking so much."
Friday at Corbett-Mitchell Stadium
Eufaula 19 15 14 0--48
Russell County 0 0 0 0--0
E --Joshua Bush 9 pass from Roy Johns (Thomas Espy kick), 8:45
E --Xavier Woodson 3 run (kick failed), 6:31
E --Woodson 32 fumble return (kick failed), 3:24
E --Woodson 1 run (Bush pass from Johns), 5:24
E-Jaylin Robinson 21 pass from Johns (Espy kick), 0:44
E--McArthur McClendon 23 punt block return (Robert Hamrick kick), 9:38
E--Desmon Richards 5 run (Hamrick kick)