By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
WOODLAND — Khyree Robinson ran for three touchdowns, including the last two which brought Fultondale back from a four-point fourth quarter deficit, as the visiting Wildcats defeated Woodland 35-25 in a Class 2A region game.
Fultondale opened up a 21-7 lead in the first half, thanks to a 5-yard run by quarterback Kris Lewis in the first quarter, followed by a 5-yard run by Robinson and then a 40-yard interception return by Derrick Houston.
Woodland kept close, thanks to a touchdown pass from John Adcock to Justus Herring early in the second quarter, and then a 35-yard scoring run by Colby Spears with 3:30 left before the break. The two-point conversion failed on the latter touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 21-13 halftime lead.
The Bobcats struck early in the second half, thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass from Adcock to John David Jacobs. Then a minute into the final quarter, Woodland took the lead on a 15-yard Spears run. The conversion attempts on both were no good, but the Bobcats were up by a 25-21 score.
But just 35 seconds after Spears’s late score, Robinson broke open for a 51-yard touchdown run to take the lead for good. He later scored an insurance touchdown from three yards out with 58 seconds left to play.
Lewis led the rushing stats with an even 100 yards on 16 carries, Robinson ran for 59 yards on 11 attempts.
Lewis was 10-for-12 in passing with 129 yards and one interception. Jared Stewart has six receptions for 60 yards.
Defensively, Jason Clark recorded nine tackles, and John Cheney had a quarterback sack to go with Houston’s pick-six.
The Wildcats (3-0, 2-0 region) host ninth-ranked Walter Wellborn in the NJN Big Game next Friday night.