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Phil Campbell falls 25-22 to Colbert County

The Phil Campbell Bobcats versus Colbert County Indians matchup was as entertaining and as close as one would expect going into the game.

It was the first time the two teams have met since 2002 and the first time the Bobcats had traveled to Leighton since 1939. Phil Campbell was undefeated going into the game. Colbert County was ready to make a point.

This was an early region game that meant a lot for playoff positioning – especially with Lauderdale County and Mars Hill looming in the second half of the region schedule.

At the end of the day, it was a prize fight – a slugfest that ended with Colbert County standing with the win 25-22.

Statistically, the game was as close as the scoreboard. A turnover by the Bobcats and 110 yards in penalties could have been the difference maker.

After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter became a scoring bonanza. Colbert County drew first blood, taking a 7-0 lead with 8:11 to go in the quarter.

Phil Campbell answered with 5:49 to go on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Pace to Robbie Robinson. Pace completed a two-point conversion pass to Braxton Goodson to give the Bobcats an 8-7 lead.

Colbert County didn’t take long to answer. Daivon Quall took the first play of the next drive 69 yards to paydirt to make the score 13-8 Indians.

Phil Campbell capped off a nice drive with a 20-yard scoring pass from Pace to Goodson to reclaim the lead 14-13 with 1:59 to go in the half.

Colbert County wasn’t done. After a 59-yard pass from Cannon Berryman to Demitrius Jones, Natarruean Hampton scored from seven yards out to give the Indians a 19-14 lead at the half.

Phil Campbell reclaimed the lead midway through the third quarter when Pace connected with Goodson for the second time on the night, this time from 30 yards out. Pace ran the twopoint conversion in to give the Bobcats a 22-19 lead.

Colbert County put the final points on the board with 9:19 to go in the game when Berryman connected with Cash Fuqua from nine yards out to make the score 25-22.

Pace passed for 94 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the defense with seven and a half tackles.

Phil Campbell is off this week and will prepare for homecoming against Carbon Hill next week.

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