RHETT FETNER (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Auburn Baseball Signee Rhett Fetner Leads Handley To 4A Crown

Handley dominated Madison Academy from start to finish to win the Class 4A title on Friday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, Ala.--For Auburn baseball signee Rhett Fetner his first official contest on the Plains couldn’t have gone much better.

Completing 9-18 passes for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the way to a 30-7 victory for Handley in the 4A title game over Madison Academy, Fetner’s play was a big reason why there was very little drama for the Tigers in winning their second title in five years.

Taking an early lead on a 26-yard Hudson Burns field goal, Handley broke it open late in the first quarter thanks to one of two big plays from Fetner. With just 44 seconds left in the first period Fetner hit Malik Meadows in stride and the speedy receiver did the rest of the work, racing 75 yards for the touchdown to put Handley up 10-0. That play tied the record for the longest pass play in Super 7 history, but the Tigers were just getting started.

Playing without Auburn commitment Austin Troxell on the offensive line, who is out after having knee surgery, Madison Academy’s offense could never get on track as the Mustangs were held to minus 11 yards rushing in the loss.

With the defense controlling the line of scrimmage Fetner went back to work for Handley, hitting Christion Allen for a 68-yard score with 4:42 left in the first half. Devontae Houston finished off a 55-yard drive with a two-yard run just three minutes later to make it 23-0, but the Tigers would one more in the first half on an Allen fumble return for a score.

Staked to a 30-point lead Handley cruised to the easy victory, allowing just a 24-yard touchdown reception by talented receiver Jaelin Ferdinand on the way to the win.


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