The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 27, 2012

Haleyville ends West Limestone’s playoff hopes


For The News Courier

— From staff reports

Like many losses this season, the score was not indicative of the final result for West Limestone in a 29-7 loss on the road to Haleyville. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats trailed by one possession and were inside the red zone knocking on the door.

After Aaron McWilliams caught a 19-yard pass from Caleb McConnell, it looked as though West might get a game-tying touchdown. But a fumble on the next play turned the game on its head as Haleyville drove down the field to put the game away.

Haleyville added another touchdown on the next drive when the home team recovered a fumble in the end zone for the final score. West Limestone turned the ball over four times on the night.

The Wildcats put together one of their best performances of the season defensively, constantly harassing Haleyville quarterback Tanner Ivey. Despite the pressure, Ivey scored Haleyville’s first two touchdowns. The first on a screen pass to Heath Self and the second on a 1-yard quarterback sneak as time expired for halftime.

Pugh scored West Limestone’s only touchdown in the second quarter on a four-yard run. Dillon Miller led West in rushing with 15 carries for 99 yards. Pugh added 72 yards and a touchdown.

Drew Blakely and McConnell intercepted Ivey in the second-half to end a pair of Haleyville drives, but West was unable to capitalize on the turnover.

West Limestone (4-5) will host Ardmore (5-4) in the final game of the season for both teams.