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Pell City spoils homecoming for Titans


Gadsden City’s Dante Rudolph hurdles Pell City’s Jaylen Lipscomb for a 2-yard gain after a pass reception in Friday’s game. (Photo by Eric T. Wright | Gadsden Times)


 

Pell City’s running game proved too much to handle for Gadsden City on Friday night, as the Titans lost 35-7 in a Class 6A, Region 7 game.

Ira Burch rushed for four touchdowns, and Damaurian Wills ran for a game-high 80 yards and another score to help Pell City improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in region play. The Titans fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in region.

Gadsden City coach Matt Scott was disappointed in the effort Friday night, and he blamed himself.

“Obviously, we didn’t play well,” the first-year Titans coach said. “The thing we’ve hung our hat on all year is how we play with great intensity and great effort and play four quarters. I just don’t feel like we did that tonight. Somewhere I did a poor job of preparing those guys to do that.”

Pell City jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the strength of three touchdowns by Burch.

Gadsden City finally got on the board with 24 seconds remaining in the first half, as Ahmad DeRamus found Gabriel Ford for a 4-yard touchdown to make the halftime score 21-7.

Burch added another score early in the third quarter, Wills crossed the goal line with 1:18 remaining in the third to cap the scoring.

Pell City’s Chandler Shepard intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to help keep Gadsden City out of the end zone.

The Titans gained 186 yards of offense on the night. DeRamus came off the bench and went 8 of 9 for 59 yards. Starter Jay Copeland went 2 of 5 for 51 yards and did not play in the second half.

“We just weren’t ready to play tonight — that’s obvious,” Scott said. “We will watch film and see who wants to play next week and go from there.”

Gadsden City hosts Clay-Chalkville next week in another region game at Titan Stadium.