BEAR CREEK – A combination of turnovers and a high-powered Phillips offense spelled doom for the Vina Red Devils, as they fell 62-25 to the Bears on Friday, Sept. 21, at James Glass Stadium in Bear Creek.
The Red Devils gained 329 yards for the game, with 306 coming on the ground. However, five turnovers led to 26 points.
Meanwhile, the Bear offense, which came into the game averaging 34 points per game and 42 per game in region play, cranked out 434 yards. However, in stark contrast to the Red Devil offense, 367 of those yards came through the air courtesy of quarterbacks Rodney Camp and Austin Campbell and receiver Jonathan Crompton.
The theme of the game started on the second play of the game, as Phillips recovered a Vina fumble at the Red Devil 35. On the next play, Camp hit Crompton for a 65-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 8-0.
The Red Devils responded, churning out 60 yards on eight carries, the last a one-yard quarterback sneak from Cody Renfrow. The extra-point made the score 8-7.
Phillips responded quickly, as Camp ran for 48 yards on four carries culminating in a five-yard touchdown run. The two-pointer made the score 16-7.
A good kickoff return from Tyler Hammack gave the Red Devils excellent field position at their own 46-yard line, but a fourth-down run was stuffed by the Bear defense, turning the ball over on downs.
The Bears reacted quickly, as Camp got his second rushing touchdown on a nine-yard carry to push the Bears’ lead to 24-7.
A Vina fumble on third-and-four gave Phillips the ball back at the Red Devil 40. Camp hit Crumpton on two straight passes—one for 30 yards, the last for 10—to make the score 30-7 Phillips.
The Red Devils moved the ball well on the next drive, as Renfrow and running back Andrew Hester moved the ball all the way to the Phillips one. However, on third-and-goal, another Red Devil fumble gave Phillips the ball at its own 10.
Two plays later, Camp hit Crompton for 83 yards to the Red Devil seven, and Camp scored on a seven-yard scamper to push the lead to 36-7.
Vina drove deep into Phillips territory late in the first half, but a halfback pass was intercepted by the Bears and returned to the Red Devil 20. An offensive pass interference call on the final play of the first half call prevented the Bears from getting its sixth touchdown of the game.
On the opening drive of the second half, Phillips went back to their aerial attack, as Camp went 4/5 for 71 yards, the last a 20-yard completion to Crompton. The two-pointer made the score 44-7.
Vina responded with a nine-play, 60-yard drive, as A. Hester finished it off with a five-yard run to cut the deficit to 44-13. Phillips struck back quickly, as a 48-yard pass from Camp to Crompton gave the Bears a 50-13 lead.
Another good return from Hammack gave Vina the ball on the Bears’ 41-yard line, and again, the Red Devils’ rushing attack churned out a touchdown. A. Hester finished off the drive with his second touchdown of the game, an eight-yard run, to make the score 50-19.
The Vina defense then held the Bears to a three-and-out, forcing a punt. However, the Red Devils’ fifth turnover came on the next play, and this time,Campbell hit Crompton for a touchdown to move the score to 56-19.
Vina refused to quit, however, as Hammack returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to the Phillips 24. This time, the Red Devil went to the air for the touchdown, as Renfrow found Drake Hester for a 16-yard pass to make the score 56-25.
Camp returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown to make the final score 62-25.
For the game, A. Hester had 105 yards rushing on 20 carries, Justin Garrett added 62 on nine carries, and D. Hester had 46 yards on six carries and one reception for 16 yards and a touchdown. Renfrow had 56 yards on eight carries and was 3/5 for 23 yards and a touchdown through the air. Hammack added 125 yards in return yardage for the Red Devils.
The Red Devils (0-4, 0-3) will host the Brilliant Tigers next Friday night, while Phillips will face its second Franklin County team in as many weeks as they travel to Parrish Stadium to take on the Phil Campbell Bobcats.