Fayette County 41, Columbus 7: Tigers use ground attack to rip Blue Devils in battle of winless teams

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerOctober 12, 2012 

When Columbus High and Fayette County squared off on Friday night, one thing was certain.

One of these winless teams would leave Kinnett Stadium with a victory.

The Tigers posted a resounding 41-7 win over the Blue Devils.

The teams sported identical 0-5 overall records and each was 0-2 in its region.

But Fayette County served notice early that the Tigers brought a high-powered offense with them. Fayette County took the opening kickoff at its own 29. The drive was aided by a couple of Columbus High penalties, but it took the Tigers only four plays and less than 2 minutes to get on the scoreboard.

Quarterback Jason Williams scored the first of his three touchdowns from 3 yards out and Erick Garduro added the first of his five extra points. The Tigers were off and running, 7-0.

The Tigers scored all six touchdowns on the ground. Fayette County got the running game going early, piling up 172 yards rushing in the first half and adding 41 through the air.

The Tigers also benefitted from a number of big plays. They had seven plays 20 yards or longer, three of which went for touchdowns.

Montrel Kelley scored the first of a pair of touchdowns with 8:17 left in the first quarter. Kelley's 21-yard run was set up by a blocked punt. The Devils had problems with their kicking game all night, being plagued by bad snaps and having two punts blocked.

Williams scored on a 1-yard run, but the pass failed on the two-point conversion. The Tigers led 20-0 before the Devils got on the scoreboard.

On their next possession, the Blue Devils marched 56 yards in five plays and came up with a few big plays of their own. Freshman quarterback Derrick James led the march and completed a pair of key passes. James threw a 12-yard pass over the middle to wide receiver James Traylor and a 10-yarder to Tony Alexander.

Dale Williams, Jr. scored on a 34-yard run for what turned out to be Columbus High's only score. Ryan Anderson added the extra point.

The Tigers posted three touchdowns in the third period to secure the victory. They came in a span of only 2:49 late in the quarter.

After a snap sailed over punter Will Screws' head, the Tigers took over only 2 yards from the goal line. On the first play from scrimmage, Williams did the honors and Fayette County led 27-7.

Columbus went three-and-out on three incomplete passes and the Tigers took over on their own 41. On second down, Williams handed off to T.J. Kelley, who sailed down the right sideline 59 yards for the touchdown.

Columbus again failed to move the football and Screws punted. On first down from his own 21, Montrel Kelley took the handoff and burst through the line untouched and raced 79 yards for the game's final touchdown.

Columbus travels to Troup on Thursday night. Entering Friday's competition, Troup was 1-4, 1-1 in the region.

Friday at Kinett Stadium

Fayette County 14 6 21 0 --41

Columbus 0 7 0 0 --7

First Quarter

FC--Jason Williams 3 run (Erick Garduro kick) 10:04

FC--Montrel Kelley 21 run (Garduro kick) 8:17

Second Quarter

FC--Williams 1 run (pass failed) 5:42

Columbus--Dale Williams Jr. 34 run (Ryan Anderson kick) 3:37

Third Quarter

FC--Williams 2 run (Garduro kick) 3:22

FC--T.J. Kelly 59 run (Garduro kick) 2:32

FC--Kelley 79 run (Garduro kick) :33

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