East Limestone’s Jordan Gandy showed a knack for the big play Friday night but Madison County unleashed an impressive passing game and clutch field goal kicking to prevail 24-21 on their home turf.
The Wildcats’ Morgan Finley booted a 31-yard field goal as time expired for the winning score after the teams were deadlocked after three quarters at 21 apiece. He kicked a 28-yarder in the third quarter to account for all of Madison County’s second-half points.
Gandy hauled in a 77-yard scoring pass from quarterback Brick Pugh in the first quarter to open scoring and then stepped in front of a Tyler Gurley pass near the end of the second quarter for a 96-yard run to the end zone. The senior hauled in five passes for 118 yards to lead all East receivers.
Pugh completed 11 of 22 passed for 156 yards and one touchdown. He punched across a 1-yard keeper at the end of the third quarter to tie the game but East could not muster a final quarter score.
Madison County led East in first downs 19 to 13 and piled up 467 total yards to 286 for the Indians. The Wildcats never punted or fumbled. The Indians punted four times for a 24-yard average and lost two fumbles.
East travels to Cullman Sept. 6 for a 5A Region 8 matchup.
Anthony Moran contributed to this article