JACKSONVILLE — Hokes Bluff scored with 1:53 left in the game to seemingly tie the game and possibly send the game into overtime, but the Class 4A, No. 6 Eagles elected to go for the win on the road and fell short.
Hokes Bluff (2-1, 1-1 in Region 5) quarterback Landon Johnson punched the ball into the end zone from a yard out with 1:53 and then he tried to hit Peyton Moore on a two-point conversion pass but it was no good in the Eagles' 28-27 loss to Jacksonville.
Johnson accounted for all four of Hokes Bluff's touchdowns. He threw for two and ran for two. He closed the night with 235 yards of total offense, with 223 coming through the air.
Johnson hit Braydon Hill from 28 yards out to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead with 2:42 left in the opening quarter.
Jacksonville then responded and took the lead 7-6 on a 41-yard run by Cedrick Woolverton.
Jacksonville added to its lead with 2:47 left before the half on a 4-yard pass from Colton Clark to Jakobie Dean-Calloway.
But Hokes Bluff answered right back 12 seconds later on a 65-yard strike from Johnson to Hill to knot the game at 14 heading into intermission.
Jacksonville retook the lead with 11:17 left in the third on another huge run by Woolverton from 51 yards out.
Johnson and the Eagles responded and tied the game again with 3:40 left in the third with a keeper from a yard out.
Woolverton scored his third touchdown of the night for Jacksonville with 5:02 left to set up the dramatic finish.
Woolverton closed the night rushing for 240 yards on 19 carries.
Hill finished the night with five catches for 121 yards and the two scores for Hokes Bluff, which hosts White Plains next week.
Cleveland 30, West End 21
CLEVELAND — Cleveland jumped out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead and took advantage of five West End interceptions to hang on for a win.
Panthers running back Daquarrious Phillips accounted for 180 of Cleveland's 268 total yards. Phillips rushed 26 times and scored on a 68-yard sprint.
Payne Stancil accounted for all three of the Patriots' touchdowns. Stancil connected with Levi Armstrong for a 21-yard TD strike and then Eli Pearce from 6 yards out. Stancil also jogged 60 yards for a score just before the end of the opening quarter.
Stancil closed the night completing 15-of-35 passes for 168 yards and two scores, but was intercepted five times. He also led the team in rushing with 77 yards on 15 carries.
Alexandria 42, Boaz 13
ALEXANDRIA — Class 5A No. 3 Alexandria led 42-6 at the half and coasted to a 42-13 win over Boaz Friday in Region 7 action.
Alexandria improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in region play. Boaz fell to 1-2 and 0-2.
Keenan Woodruff ran for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, while Grayson Chaffin added 116 yards and two scores in the opening half.
Woodruff had a pair of 65-yard touchdown runs and a 67-yard run. Chaffin had touchdown runs of 80 and 25 yards.
Jacob Wells threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Ponder.
Boaz's touchdowns came on a pair of scoring passes from Easton Hardin to Jaden Hornbuckle. One from 40 yards in the first half and one from 26 yards for the games only second half score.
Boaz running back Christian Collins ran for 108 yards on 22 carries.
Hardin completed 12 of 23 passes for 175 yards. Hornbuckle caught seven passes for 118 yards.
Boaz hosts Arab Friday while Alexandria travels to Etowah.
— Times Correspondent Ricky Smith
Fyffe 54, Westbrook Christian 6
FYFFE — Fyffe quarterback Seth Benefield attempted just three passes on the night, but two were were touchdowns to lead the Red Devils to the region win over Westbrook Christian Friday night.
Benefield hit Dakota Dalton from 72 yards out and then Brant Rowell from 30 yards. Benefield finished with 108 yards passing.
Rowell scored via a touchdown catch, a 48-yard interception return and on a 2-yard run.
Payton Anderson led Fyffe on the ground with 10 carries for 124 yards and a 59-yard TD run.
The Red Devils took a 54-0 lead by the 8:26 mark of the fourth quarter before Westbrook Christian avoided the shutout.
Warriors running back Addison Ponder scored from a yard out with 16 seconds left to play.
Holly Pond 36, Susan Moore 20
HOLLY POND — Holly Pond quarterback Kyler Chaney was one of three Broncos to rush for more than 100 yards in the win over the Bulldogs Friday night.
Chaney rushed 22 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns of 10, 1 and 50 yards.
Jeremiah Holmes chipped in 130 yards on 17 carries and a 74-yard TD, while Rip McBee added 103 yards on four carries and a 22-yard touchdown jaunt.
Holly Pond closed the night with 431 rushing yards.
Anthony Cervantes led Susan Moore's effort with 101 yards rushing on 18 attempts and a touchdown from 3 yards out.
Holly Pond led 16-6 at the half, but then put the game on ice when it outscored Susan Moore 20-14 in the final quarter.
Sand Rock 28, Ider 20
SAND ROCK — Trailing 20-14 at the half, Sand Rock rallied to defeat Ider 28-20 Friday in Class 2A, Region 6 football.
The Wildcats moved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the region. Ider fell to 2-1 and 1-1.
Carson Carver’s 63-yard touchdown run with 8:53 left in the third quarter and his PAT kick gave Sand Rock the lead for good, at 21-0. Carver then hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jansen Alexander with 5:26 left in the game and kicked the Wildcats’ final point.
Ider took a 6-0 lead on Ryan Adams’ 34-yard touchdown pass to Chase Townson with 6:48 left in the first quarter. Kade Simpson ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the period and Carver kicked Sand Rock to a 7-6 lead.
Alexander Brown’s 6-yard touchdown run and Jacob Higdon’s 2-point run boosted Ider to a 14-7 lead with 6:04 left in the half, and the Hornets moved ahead 20-7 on Townson’s interception return for a TD with 1:59 left.
However, Carver caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Alexander with 10 seconds left and kicked the halftime score to 20-14.
Sand Rock visits Gaston and Ider hosts Fyffe for region games next week.