Thursday Football Recap: No. 2 Gordo shuts out No. 9 Fayette County, Gulf Shores rolls

Gordo’s defense recorded two interceptions, one of which was returned 60 yards, as the Green Wave outscored Fayette County 35-0 on Thursday night.

Gordo improved to 7-1 with his sixth straight win. Gus Smith’s team is 5-0 in Class 3A, Region 5 play. Fayette County fell to 6-1, 3-1 with its first loss of the season.

Max Stephenson’s 60-yard interception return set up an easy score for quarterback Brax Garrison with 2:30 left in the second quarter.

“I feel very good with the defense. I think they have confidence in what we’re doing,” said Smith, in his first year as Gordo’s head coach.

Garrison accounted for four of Gordo’s five touchdowns with three rushing touchdowns and a 47-yard touchdown pass to Willie Fonville. Garrison finished the night 12-for-18 for 138 yards. He threw a touchdown pass and was intercepted once. He also had 59 yards and 3 TDs on 13 carries.

“I feel like I’ve improved my running game,” he said. “I feel like I’ve put in a lot of work in the weight room to get faster and stronger, and it’s starting to show now.”

Chrisjavion Lark scored Gordo’s other TD, a 27-yard touchdown with 4:54 remaining in the game. In addition to the two interceptions, Gordo also forced a fumble on a kickoff return, setting up the score for Lark.

Fayette County running back Charles Grant led the charge for the struggling offense with 15 carries for 88 yards. Fayette County used two quarterbacks, Blake Johnson and Dylan Schloerb. They were a combined 6-of-16 for 59 yards with two interceptions.

Gordo’s defense had three players with double-digit tackles. Stephenson had 10 tackles with the interception. Blane Chandler led the Green Wave with 14 tackles. Cameron Lark recorded 12 tackles and a sack.

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Gordo finished with 288 total yards of offense. Fayette County had 188.

Starting fat WR Caleb Jennings was carried off the field following a terrifying injury with 8:26 remaining in the game. He was taken away with a large brace on his left leg.

–Nick Robbins

San Miguel 49, Wilcox Central 6

Josh Murphy threw three touchdown passes as St. Michael won on the road.

The Cardinals (5-3 overall, 4-1 Class 4A, Region 1) earned their fourth win in five games and have regional games remaining against Jackson and TR Miller.

Murphy completed 7 of 9 passes for 83 yards. Gunner Rivers, the son of coach Philip Rivers, completed 11 of 12 passes for 142 yards and a TD.

Cooper Helper, Martin Corte, Ezra Sexton and Sam Murray caught TD passes.

Sexton and Nick Rousso scored rushing touchdowns.

Wilcox Central fell to 0-6, 0-5.

Homewood 31, Chilton County 10

Woods Ray threw for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Homewood to a road win at Clanton to improve to 4-0 in Class 6A, Region 3. Patriots are 5-2 overall and dropped to Chilton County to 3-5, 0-5.

Ray completed 10 of 12 passes for 152 yards and connected with Jackson Parris for a TD. Ray rushed 6 times for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Homewood also got a rushing touchdown from Mondrell Odell and Parker Sansing had an 87-yard interception return.

Charles Reeves caught 3 passes for 70 yards to lead Homewood and Owen Isenhower rushed 6 times for 40 yards.

The Patriots finished with 340 total yards, 183 rushing, and held the Tigers to 168 total yards.

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Homewood plays Pelham next week in a key game in the region. Chilton County is down next week before welcoming Pelham on Oct. 21.

Central-Phenix City 55, Lee-Montgomery 20

Fourth-ranked Central-Phenix City set up a matchup with undefeated No. 1 Auburn next week with an easy win.

Jaylen Epps completed 6 of 9 passes for 76 yards and a TD. Max Johnson also threw a touchdown pass.

Romello Green rushed for two touchdowns. Tristan Williams, Zack Simmons and Johnson also scored on the ground.

Karmello English and Collin Freiberg each caught a touchdown pass.

The Red Devils improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Class 7A, Region 2. Lee dropped to 0-6, 0-4.

Central will host Auburn (7-0, 5-0) next Friday.

Gulf Coasts 49, Elberta 3

JR Gardner rushed for 151 yards and 2 TDs on just nine carries as the No. 6 Gulf Shores Class 5A won at home.

The Dolphins improved to 7-1 overall with their fourth straight win. Mark Hudspeth’s team is now 5-1 in Region 1 play. They are inactive next week.

Gulf Shores led 49-0 at the half and had 460 total yards to Elberta’s 99 for the game.

Ronnie Royal rushed for 56 yards and 4 TDs on just six carries. Brendon Byrd completed 4 of 7 passes for 121 yards and a TD. He also rushed four times for 53 yards.

Cameron Cooper led the Dolphins defense with 5 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Elberta fell to 1-6, 1-4.

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