Winston County 7, Oakman 6

The Winston County Yellow Jackets and the Oakman Wildcats met at Malcom Blake Stadium in Double Springs in a key Region game, and it provided a little of everything.

The Yellow Jackets controlled the first half of play by driving the ball inside the Wildcat 10 yard line three times only to miss scoring opportunities each time due to fumbles.

The natural grass held up well as the drainage was good, and it didn't come apart at anytime during the game. But, the field was rain slick from all the rain before the game, and some additional rain throughout the 3rd quarter. It seemed to cause both teams problems, as Winston County lost five fumbles, four in the red-zone, and threw one interception on the night.

While the Wildcats never mounted a serious scoring drive in the first half they did turn the ball over twice. Once by fumble and one on an interception that was simply a good play.

Jaice Hampton hit a Wildcat receiver just as the ball arrived, the ball popped out and Hampton snagged it out of mid air. This marks the 3rd consecutive game Hampton had at least one interception. He had two in the jamboree, one last week, and one he returned 34 yards for a touchdown.

While this game was somewhat of a sloppy game it did provide plenty of excitement for the fans of each community. There were turnovers a plenty, big plays from both teams, and even some controversial calls by the officiating crew.

No call loomed larger than an excessive celebration call on the Wildcats only touchdown of the night. What appeared to be a show of emotion by three Oakman players went unnoticed by fans, but one official saw fit to throw the flag, which backed the Wildcats up to the 18 yard line for the two-point conversion attempt.

The attempt failed as two Yellow Jacket defenders broke up a fade pass in the corner of the end zone.

The Yellow Jackets took control after the ensuing kickoff with 3:06 remaining in the game. Winston County picked up a first down and eventually killed the clock to end the game. asked Winston County head coach, Dan Hogan about the call after the game.

"I really didn't see it," he noted. "I was trying to get ready to defend the two-point attempt, or play in overtime. It was across the field from me, and I couldn't see what happened. I just saw a flag go up in the air."

"I hope the official made the right call. I have been on both sides of those type calls, and it's never easy."

Justin South led the Yellow Jacket offense from his quarterback position with 36 yards on 14 carries, while completing 2-of-6 passing attempts for 44 yards.

Josh Johnson had 84 yards on 12 carries, and Josh Kelly led all rushers with 85 yards on 10 carries, with the lone touchdown of the night for the Yellow Jackets.

Big Dillon Lowman led a good offensive line for the Jackets with more pancake blocks than I could keep up with in the first half. Lowman has only been back with the team for five days after suffering injuries in an automobile accident in June.

Lowman is one to keep an eye on, as college recruiters are bound to take notice of the 6-5, 298-pound junior offensive tackle.

Jaice Hampton also appears as a prospect for the 2010 class, as he is a ball hawk on the defensive side of the ball. He has four interceptions this season, with one returned for a touchdown. Hampton also has two touchdowns from his wide receiver position. He projects as a safety at the next level.

Hampton is 6-1, 190-pounds, and ran a 4.70 40-yard dash as a sophomore. He plays corner for the Yellow Jackets, but with his physical play out of the defensive backfield the move to safety is an inevitable one. He will put his hat on you given the opportunity.

The Yellow Jackets will travel to Addison next week to take on their arch rival in the Addison Bulldogs. This is one of the biggest and oldest rivalries in Northwest Alabama. You can throw out the records in this one, as the fan support from both communities will fill A. G Hicks Stadium to the max. Emotion will also run high in this game, as the Bulldogs have dominated the series in recent years.

The game will play at A.G. Hicks Stadium in Addison. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM and will bring you all the action from the Bulldog sidelines.

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