By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
RANBURNE, Ala. — Fultondale’s hopes for an undefeated regular season have ended, and now they have to sort through a complicated three-way tiebreaker system that probably won’t shake out until Week 10.
Ranburne held the fourth-ranked Wildcats to just 176 yards and a touchdown in a 29-7 decision Friday night.
Quarterback Kris Lewis scored Fultondale’s only touchdown of the game, a 9-yard run with 5:14 left in the first half.
But the night belonged to Bulldogs quarterback Dylan Wiggins, who ran four yards for the game’s opening score, then threw touchdown passes to Kyle Lovvorn and Dylan Tullis. Running back Brandon Whittle also scored from two yards away.
The Wildcats conceded a safety late when a long snap went over the punter’s head and was kicked out of the end zone.
Lewis ran eight times for 75 yards to lead Fultondale.
The Wildcat loss leaves them tied with Ranburne and Walter Wellborn at the top of the region standings. Since they each were 1-1 against the other two, the tiebreaker will have to go very deep into the AHSAA manual, and will most likely be settled by criterion L — the team whose defeated opponents in Class 2A or higher have the most victories.
Wellborn falls to third because of two non-region losses, whereas Ranburne and Fultondale won both of their non-region games so far, and both were aginst 2A teams or larger. A cursory check of the opponents' records gives Fultondale an advantage, but that must be confirmed by the AHSAA.
The Wildcats move to 8-1 overall, 6-1 region.
[Edited at 2:22 a.m. to reflect the AHSAA's ruling that Ranburn's Week 1 game against an out-of-state opponent does count toward the tiebreaker.]