Springwood can’t keep pace with No. 1 Autauga

Published 12:27 am Saturday, September 21, 2019

LANETT — Springwood faced a mighty uphill climb in taking on AISA’s No. 1 rated team, Autauga Academy on Friday night. The visitors were every bit as good as advertised and powered their way to a 69-15 win over a clearly overmatched Wildcat team. 

It looked like it was going to be a long night when Autauga’s Teddy Harris returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. It proved to be exactly that. With nothing going right for the home team and everything going right for the visitors, the score was 35-0 at the end of the first quarter and 48-0 at the half.

Star junior running back O.J. Tolbert, who had been held to 22 yards on five carries in the first half, exploded for two big runs in a time-shortened second half. Both runs were down the home sideline at Wildcat Stadium, one going for 80 yards and the other for 75 yards. 

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Autauga started the second half like they did the first half. After Tolbert’s first TD run, they ran the kickoff back for a touchdown. They added two more touchdowns to make the final 69-15.

The good news for Springwood is that they won’t have to play another team as good as Autauga for the rest of the year. The bad news is that most of the teams left are pretty good. The next one up is the defending state champion Chambers Academy Rebels.