Pelham, AL – In a highly anticipated Shelby County showdown, the 10th-ranked Helena Huskies delivered a decisive 35-14 victory over arch-rival Pelham under the Friday night lights at Ned Bearden Stadium.
Throughout the opening half, Helena showcased their offensive prowess by effectively establishing a dominant running game. Jordan Washington spearheaded their ground attack with a series of impressive carries. The Huskies wasted no time in putting points on the board, with Washington breaking free for a 54-yard touchdown run, giving Helena a 7-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
The second period was highlighted by a 14 yard scoring scamper by Washington and 5 yard touchdown run courtesy of Joseph Roberto to put the Huskies up 21-0 at the break.
The stage was set for a pivotal third quarter as Pelham sought to regain their footing. Clayton Mains played a pivotal role in sparking Pelham’s resurgence, contributing a 35 yard rushing score, narrowing the Panther deficit to 21-7.
Pelham’s optimism was short-lived, however, as Helena’s tenacious defense recovered a crucial fumble. Capitalizing on their favorable field position, the Huskies continued to press their advantage. Jordan Washington, who had already made a significant impact, delivered two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. His fourth and final touchdown of the night came on an impressive 41-yard run, pushing his rushing yardage well over the 300-yard mark for the game.
Pelham managed to muster one more touchdown, with Clayton Mains connecting with CJ Tolbert for a 10-yard score. Mains had a standout performance, accumulating 116 passing yards, 95 rushing yards, and scoring two touchdowns. Marcus Arnold emerged as his top receiver, amassing 51 yards on three catches.
Despite Pelham’s late surge, Helena maintained control of the game, ultimately securing a commanding 35-14 victory. As the final minutes ticked away, Helena successfully ran out the clock.
Looking ahead, the Huskies are gearing up to take on the struggling Jackson-Olin Mustangs (0-5). Meanwhile, the Panthers will look to bounce back by hosting cross-county foe Chelsea (2-2).