Boaz holds on to beat Sardis
Fri. October 28, 2011 at 11:54 p.m. | By Ricky Smith
Boaz's Tyler Martin make a 96 yard touchdown run against Sardis in Boaz on Friday night. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)
BOAZ — Tyler Martin rushed for 289 yards and two touchdowns to lead Class 5A Boaz to a 14-7 win over 3A, No. 6 Sardis, ending the Lions undefeated season.
Sardis fell to 9-1 with the loss, while the Pirates evened their record at 5-5. Both teams have qualified for the playoffs.
Martin put Boaz on the board first, scoring on a school-record 97-yard run with 8:14 left in the first quarter. Sardis had pinned Boaz at its 3 after failing to capitalize on recovering a fumble at the Boaz 46. Martin’s two-point run failed, and Boaz led 6-0.
The fumble was one of four Boaz turnovers that Sardis failed to turn into points during the game. The Lions’ average starting field possession was at the Boaz 47.
Boaz extended its lead early in the second quarter on a 65-yard touchdown run by Martin with 9:53 left in the half. Casey Wood converted the two-point conversion to push the lead to 14-0.
Sardis took the ensuing kickoff and drove 57 yards for its only score of the game.
Dylan Kelley capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Jeff Snead added the point-after kick to cut the lead to 14-7 with 6:10 left in the half.
The second half turned out to be a battle of the defenses as neither offense could get into the end zone.
Sardis had the half’s lone scoring threat. Kyle Duckett intercepted a Casey Wood pass at the Lion 49.
The Lions drove to the Pirate 3 before a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
Sardis’ one final chance to tie the game came as the Lions took possession with 3:25 to play at the Boaz 40 following a punt. But on first down, quarterback Tyler Dixon fumbled the snap and Boaz recovered at the Pirate 44.
Boaz then picked up a first down and ran out the clock. The first play following the fumble was only the third snap of the game in Lion territory.
The 289 yards rushing was a career high for Martin, who carried the ball 34 times.
Toby Pee led Sardis with 67 yards on 20 carries. Boaz held Sardis to 157 total yards, 200 yards below the Lions’ season average.