For The News Courier
West Limestone’s Tucker McCormick did everything he could to keep the Wildcats in playoff contention Friday night.
The senior running back stole the show, as West Limestone held off a feisty Rogers team, 32-9 for a critical road region victory.
McCormick was the story of the night, as the senior rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns while also returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown, a critical blow in the third quarter that changed the face of the game.
The winless Pirates put up a gallant fight through three quarters but the Wildcats (5-2, 3-2) pulled away in the fourth quarter.
The two teams traded punts and turnovers early on, before West Limestone got on the board with a 21-yard touchdown run off left tackle by McCormick with 5:57 to play in the first half. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, giving the Wildcats a 6-0 lead.
Rogers answered to tie the game at 6-6 when quarterback Wes Black hit Alex Harper on a slant over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown.
McCormick turned the tide of the game in the third quarter with his interception and the ensuing return for a touchdown put the Wildcats up 12-6.
After a Rogers field goal, West Limestone responded with a 4-yard touchdown run by Dillon Miller and a two-point conversion pass to Reed Blankenship to take a 20-9 lead into the fourth quarter. Touchdown runs of 8 and 33 yards by McCormick against a clearly exhausted Pirates defense sealed the victory.