After an 0-5 start to the season, the Russellville Golden Tigers have one three of their last four games, including a lopsided 44-6 homecoming victory over the Ardmore Tigers. The win secured a tie for fourth place in Class 5A Region 8.
Kener Perez got the home team on the board with a 26 yard field goal on the Golden Tiger’s first possession, giving RHS a 3-0 lead.
Calen Bragwell took a short pass from Luke Barnwell 38 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown to increase the lead to 10-0. The touchdown was made possible by a huge block by sophomore Jamaal Hubbard.
The rest of the night belonged to senior Bernard Phinizee. His first touchdown of the evening was a two yard run with less that 30 seconds left in the first half. Perez missed the extra point, but the Golden Tiger lead was stretched to 16-0.
After stopping Ardmore on their first drive of the second half, Phinizee only needed one play to find the endzone. Barnwell found him for an 83 yard touchdown pass, a career long for the freshmen quarterback. Perez nailed the point after, and RHS’s lead was 23-0.
Phinizee had three more touchdown runs on the evening, totaling a career high of five. He had touchdown runs of 45, 55, and 24 yards in the second half. He finished with a career high 215 yards rushing on 20 attempts.
Ardmore was able to sneak in a touchdown pass on the very last play of the game to make the final score 44-6.
The Golden Tigers finished the night with 450 total yards on just 39 plays. The season high 300 yards rushing was made possible by anther outstanding performance by the Golden Tiger offensive line–John David Aycock, Ondre Armstead, John David Palmer, Edgar Amaya, and Will Rushing. Robert Hamilton did not find the end zone, but he totaled 78 yards on just 7 rushing attempts.
Barnwell finished the evening 7 for 9 for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
The Golden Tigers defense was led by Brooks Scott with fourteen tackles. Phinizee was right behind him with twelve on the evening.
Russellville finishes up the regular season with a huge game against rival Colbert County at home on Senior Night this Friday night. Currently, RHS is in a three-way tie for fourth in the region with East Limestone and Lawrence County. The tiebreaker comes down to wins of nonregion opponents that each team has defeated. A Golden Tiger victory and a Lawrence County loss secures a playoff berth for RHS.
Kickoff is at 7pm.