Pickens County Dominates Round Two; Wins 38-16 over Winterboro
On a cold night in Reform, AL, the Pickens County Tornadoes showed spectators what 1A football is all about, outlasting the pesky Winterboro Bulldogs, 38-16.
Pickens quarterback, Javion Bell-McCrary, was extremely effective in all aspects of the game. The senior signal caller finished the night 9-of-16 through the air for 159 yards and three scores and also added two touchdowns on the ground to accompany his 82 rushing yards.
While the offense was certainly thriving for the Tornadoes, the defense, comprised of many of the same faces as the offense, played incredibly. Winterboro scored just a single touchdown on offense and was held to a measly 159 total yards.
Pickens County head coach Michael Williams talked about his team's resilience after the win, saying, "When you play at a small school, you know you've got to have a lot of people playing both ways. It takes a special group of people to be able to do that, and I'd like to say we played well tonight in all three phases."
From the beginning of the game, the Tornadoes imposed their will. On the opening kickoff, Winterboro was unable to field the ball and the Tornadoes recovered, allowing them to quickly jump out to an early 6-0 lead. From there, the physicality of Pickens County was too much for Bulldogs who were never able to settle into the game and find their rhythm.
The Tornadoes take on the one-seeded Decatur Heritage Eagles next week, who are coming off of a jaw-dropping performance in a 76-60 win over Ragland where Eagles quarterback, Brayden Kyle, scored, a state record, eleven touchdowns.
The Tornadoes definitely have their work cut out for them if they hope to return to the state title this season and avenge last year's loss to Linden. With a lot of playoff experience on the roster, Michael Williams' team should know what to expect next Friday and be ready to play a strong Decatur Heritage squad.