Fultondale, AL – The Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils secured a narrow victory over the Fultondale Wildcats, with a final score of 14-13 Thursday night in North Jefferson County.
The win marked the Blue Devils’ eighth straight win the series that dates back to 1975.
The 6A Blue Devils improve to 8-2 overall, with a 4-2 mark in Class 6A, Region 5 play. The Wildcats closed out first year head coach Keon Handley’s inaugural season at the helm of the 4A program at 4-6 (4-2).
Despite the high-powered offense of the Blue Devils, who had amassed an impressive 341 points through nine games, the Wildcats managed to hold them to a 7-7 tie through the first two quarters. In the second half, the Blue Devils regained the lead, reaching a score of 14-7. However, the Wildcats launched a late-game drive that resulted in a touchdown, falling just short of clinching the victory.
Blue Devils quarterback, Garrett Ames, proved instrumental in the contest, finishing the night with 146 passing yards. He completed 8-of-22 passes, including one interception. Ames also contributed to the Devil’s ground game, carrying the ball 11 times for 20 yards and accounting for both of the Blue Devils’ touchdowns.
Senior Coleman Maldonado emerged as Ames’ favorite target, making six receptions for an impressive 121 yards. Sophomore Jacob Cawley led the Blue Devils’ ground attack, amassing 32 yards on 9 attempts. On the defensive front, senior Brandon Payne shined, leading the Mortimer Jordan Defense with 13 tackles and two sacks.
Fultondale quarterback Brandon Woodall connected on 19-of-36 pass attempts for 241 yards. Rodreckus Johnson proved to be a reliable target, catching six passes for 75 yards. Jeremiah Jackson led the Wildcats’ ground game, carrying the ball 16 times for 54 yards and scoring a touchdown. Additionally, Matthew Yafondo added a three-yard rushing score.
Looking ahead, both teams turn their attention to the postseason. Head coach Dustan Goode’s Blue Devils will hit the road to take on the 6-4 Fort Payne Wildcats. Meanwhile, the Fultondale Wildcats will travel to Tuscombia to face the 7-3 Deshler Tigers to open the Class 4A postseason.