By: Nick Hall
The Fyffe Red Devils put a beatdown on the Aliceville Yellow Jackets Friday night at home, and in the process, sent a strong message to the Luverne Tigers who’ll they’ll face tomorrow at 3:00 pm in Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Class 2A State Championship. The Red Devils forced a three-and-out on the Yellow Jackets first possession just to see their ensuing drive stall at the Aliceville 21-yard line. However, Fyffe regained possession at the Aliceville 16 when the Yellow Jackets coughed up the football. Peyton Anderson advanced the ball 12 yards on the next play and then punched into the endzone from the 4-yard line on the very next play with 4:49 left in the first quarter. After forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt, Anderson and Zach Pyron alternated running the ball until Pyron slipped into the end zone from 1 yard out on fourth down to put the Red Devils up 14-0 with 8:35 left in the first half. Anderson scored again on an 8-yard run that was set up by a Pyron interception. On the ensuing kickoff, Aliceville mishandled the football and Zach Stoner recovered for Fyffe deep in Yellow Jackets’ territory. Pyron scored a few plays later, on a 1-yard run to put the Red Devils up 28-0 and then Anderson added a 31-yard touchdown run to stretch the Red Devil lead to 35-0 going into the half.
Aliceville finally got on the board midway of the third quarter when Devontae Wright snagged a 50-yard touchdown pass. Fyffe answered quickly though with another scoring drive featuring runs by Anderson and Pyron and capped off with 6-yard touchdown by Anderson to stretch the Red Devils’ lead to 42-8 at the end of the third quarter. Fyffe scored once more in the fourth on a touchdown run by Jake Stone after an Aliceville fumble gave the Red Devils the ball with good field position. Devontae Wright appeared to have scored on the kickoff return but it was negated by a block in the back penalty and the game ended 49-8. “We did great. I was extremely proud of our kids that persevered through the adversity of our injuries,” said coach Paul Benefield. “Having Payton Anderson on the field was a big boost to us. Linebackers Malachi Mize and Eli Benefield stood out for us, as did end and tackle Japeth Long and Caleb Lyles on the offensive line.” Fyffe rushed for 266 yards on 54 carries and no yards off two attempts through the air while holding Aliceville to only 31 yards rushing on 26 carries and 122 yards passing on five attempts.