The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 6, 2013

East Limestone can't overcome slow start

For the News Courier

Cullman — Cullman jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 45-27 win over East Limestone on Friday night, giving coach Mark Britton his 107th career victory with the Bearcats, surpassing legendary coach Oliver Woodard as the winningest coach in Cullman High School history.

Quarterback Tyler Glenn was poised and accurate from the opening drive. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target, senior Mason Jones, caught nine passes for 130 yards and one touchdown.

The key moment in the game came with 3:50 in the second quarter after Cullman’s defense stopped East Limestone on fourth down at the 20-yard line. The Bearcats put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive that included a clutch fourth-down completion from Glenn to Jones inside the 20-yard line with 34 seconds left. A nine-yard completion to Garrett Crider on the next play set up an eight-yard touchdown pass from Glenn to Jones with eight seconds remaining in the first half.

East Limestone’s offense ran 16 plays in the first half, compared to 41 for Cullman, and gained only 102 yards, rushing seven times for six yards.

Quarterback Brick Pugh finished 15-of-20 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, and ran five times for 34 yards, including a four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Pugh connected with Nick Walsh for a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and completed all five pass attempts on the Indians' next drive, hooking up with Jordan Gandy for a 12-yard touchdown. Gandy scored again in the fourth quarter, taking a reverse 85 yards to the end zone.

Crider rushed for 227 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown that put Cullman ahead 38-7 in the third quarter.

Crider shard the backfield with Will Crenshaw, who rushed eight times for 52 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Maison Goodwin caught four passes for 23 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown that pushed Cullman’s lead to 21-0 with 6:16 left in the second quarter. Seth Donaldson had four reception for 46 yards, while Auston Neal caught two passes for 17 yards.