GAYLESVILLE – The Gaylesville Trojans found themselves tied with undefeated and fifth-ranked Valley Head with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half, but then the Tigers took control in a 57-30 Class 1A, Region 7 football win.
Eian Bain ran for 253 yards on 21 carries with four touchdowns. He also completed a pair of passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Robinson added 166 yards on 16 totes with two scores for the Tigers (9-0, 6-0).
Robinson gave Valley Head a 6-0 lead with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run, but Gaylesville (2-6, 2-4) countered with Kyler Bradley’s 85-yard kickoff return for a score. Bradley’s 2-point conversion pass to Collin Hendon gave the Trojans an 8-6 lead.
Robinson put the Tigers back out in front with a 25-yard touchdown run. Hernan Moreno’s 2-point conversion rush pushed Valley Head’s lead to 14-8 with 9:13 remaining in the first half.
The Trojans counted with Tanner Eads’ 38-yard touchdown pass to Bradley. Keylon Higgins was stopped short on the 2-point try, keeping the score tied at 14 at the 6:51 mark of the second quarter.
Bain began to take over from there. He closed out the first half with a 14-yard touchdown run and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Robinson. Robinson also accounted for a 2-point conversion run after his second touchdown to give the Tigers a 28-14 halftime lead.
Bain blew the game open in the third quarter with touchdown runs of 16 and 38 yards to push the Tigers out to a 44-14 advantage. Robinson ran in for 2-point conversions following both scores.
Nate Bain opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run, giving the Tigers a 50-14 edge.
Eads connected with Bradley again for another touchdown with 8:24 remaining in the game. Eads tossed a 2-point conversion pass to Higgins to make the score 50-22.
Eian Bain scored his final touchdown of the night on a 39-yard run. Eads then tossed his third touchdown pass to Bradley for 49 yards. The duo also accounted for the 2-point conversion for the final.
Eads completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 156 yards and three scores. Bradley was his top target with five catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.
Seth Lee added 47 yards on a pair of carries for the Trojans. Higgins had 46 yards on 13 totes. He also had seven tackles, four assists and a pass defended on defense. Briley Mitchell also made seven stops and had a fumble recovery. Eads also had a fumble recovery and an interception.
Valley Head is at Collinsville on Thursday before hosting Phillips of Bear Creek in the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 4. Gaylesville closes out the regular season at Talladega County Central on Friday.