The Paul W. Bryant High School Stampede (2-4, 1-2) took home a big win on Homecoming Weekend over the Bessemer City Purple Tigers (0-7, 0-4) 38-13. The Stampede jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead and cruised through the second half to bring home its second win in a row.

"Started fast, that's always good. We still gotta work on cleaning some things up, we gotta get our extra points down and we have to be more efficient in the second half," said Bryant head coach Eldrick Hill.

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The Stampede got on the board quickly after its offense took over facing a short field. Junior quarterback Cameron Ellis found senior Tobias Burrell for a 23-yard touchdown pass.

Coach Hill kept the pressure on Bessemer City by dialing up an onside kick. 10 plays later it was Ellis taking the ball into the endzone from 1-yard away on a quarterback sneak. Ellis found senior Jamaures Hood for a 22-yard reception that set up the sneak from under-center. Hood finished the game with five receptions for 52 yards and touchdown.

The three-headed attack of Ellis, Burrell and junior running back Jordan Louie were all Bryant needed to emerge victorious.

Ellis finished the evening completing 13-of-24 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Burrell caught two passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns, he had a third touchdown reception on a 60-yard play that was called back due to penalty. Louie took eight carries for 50 yards and a touchdown, he also returned a kickoff for a 65-yard touchdown.

"Those guys are 5-star students as well as 5-star student-athletes. We've been sending stuff out, they're going to get the notoriety they deserve. I tell them, 'Don't worry about that, control what you can control,' but those guys are some of the top players in the state," said Hill on his trio.

Bryant will look for its third win in a row next week as it hits the road for a region contest against the Brookwood Panthers (1-6, 0-4). Bessemer City gets a week off before also traveling to take on Brookwood on Oct. 15.

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