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Falkville's Steven Lindsey (25) goes up high to grab a pass over Priceville's Chase Martin (68) in Priceville on Friday night. The homestanding Bulldogs won 52-26.
Priceville rolls up 52 on Falkville
Bulldogs now prepare
for Class 4A playoffs
By Ashley Hargrove
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PRICEVILLE — Priceville High's football team took a historic step last week, clinching a football playoff spot for the first time in school history.
After such an emotional highlight, head coach Donald Weeks was a little worried that his team would still be "sky high" going into Friday night's game with Falkville. However, he didn't need to worry. The Bulldogs scored a 52-26 win over the Blue Devils.
"We played well overall," Weeks said. "We wanted to come out and try and put forth a good effort heading into next week. We did that, and hopefully, it gives us some momentum going into next week."
Priceville (6-4) will travel to St. Clair County (8-2) for the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Against Falkville (5-5), the Bulldogs got on the board early on a 15-yard run by Eli Allen.
Falkville quickly answered on a 4-yard pass from Aaron Lee to Steven Lindsey, but the extra point was no good, leaving Priceville with a 7-6 lead.
The Bulldogs found the end zone again with just over a minute left in the first quarter on a 19-yard pass by Logan Manthey to Aaron Sawyer.
The second quarter offered much of the same, as both teams managed to rotate scoring possessions, but a late touchdown pass from Priceville's Manthey to Sawyer gave the Bulldogs a 34-18 lead as the clock expired.
"The first half of defense, we were really timid," Falkville coach Neil Estes said. "We didn't get after it. They ran the ball down our throats.
"Our offense played really well, but we just didn't have enough protection to sustain drives. If we could have went in at the half up instead of down, that would have been a huge momentum shift."
The Blue Devils' only other score came with 1:34 left in the game on an 18-yard pass from Lee to Lindsey. The 2-point conversion pass from Chad Kirkpatrick to Lindsey was good.
Lindsey had 13 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Priceville's Allen had nine rushes for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
"Making it to the playoffs was great for our program," Weeks said. "It shows that we have progressed since competing in the region four years ago. We have made the step forward and hopefully that will help us in the next season as well."
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