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Priceville defeats Falkville 37-10 for Homecoming

Friday night was Homecoming for the Priceville Bulldogs, and they welcomed the Falkville Blue Devils to Bulldogs Stadium.

After losing to Good Hope to start the season, the Bulldogs have reeled off three region wins in a row, giving Priceville its first winning streak since 2015, when the Bulldogs won eight in a row to open the season.

The Priceville offense has been the star of the season thus far, averaging 435 yards per game of total offense and 401 yards per game rushing coming into the game.

The offense didn’t disappoint Friday, piling up 467 total yards, with 424 coming on the ground.

The Bulldogs were once again led by their junior running back Jerry Burton, who rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns as Priceville (4-1) defeated the Blue Devils 37-10.

The defense played its best game of the season in holding Falkville to 10 points, which was 15 points below the average points given up per game of 25.

The Bulldog defense held Falkville (3-3) to less than 200 total yards and intercepted Blue Devils’ quarterback Peyton Sallee four times during the game. William Baker had two of the four, with Jaxon Cross and Wyatt Hurt also picking off Falkville passes.

“I thought it was a great team win. It was the best game that our defense has played all year,” said Priceville coach Chris Foster. “Credit goes to our defensive staff for putting together a great game plan and to our kids for going out there and executing it.”

This was Burton’s fourth game this season to rush for more than 200 yards. This was also the third time he has had four touchdowns in a game. 

Counting this performance, Burton has rushed for 1,144 yards and has scored 17 rushing touchdowns through five games. Burton scored on runs of five, 11, 75 and three yards to lead the Bulldogs in scoring. 

Cross added a 21-yard scoring run on Priceville’s second possession of the game.

Peyton Fowler also topped the 100-yard mark, as he rushed for 109 on 14 carries, while Cross added 63 yards on nine carries.

“Offensively, I think our line had a great game,” Foster continued. “Their blocking made it possible to get Burton over 200 yards and Fowler over 100 yards.”

With five games remaining in the regular season, Priceville will have a chance to rewrite the school record book. But for Foster’s team, records are not important as the focus on the next game.

Friday night the Bulldogs travel to Danville for a region game. Priceville sits alone at the top of the region standings with a 3-0 mark, while Danville is tied with Fairview and Randolph at 2-1.

Falkville’s points came from a 31-yard field goal – the first score of the game – and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Sallee to Mikell Philyaw. 

“We had our chances early on in the game but couldn’t capitalize,” said Falkville head coach Tyler Mitchell. “We will learn from our mistakes and improve this week as we prepare for Coosa Christian.”

Falkville will hit the road Friday night to travel to Coosa Christian for a region game. The Blue Devils enter the game with a 2-1 region record.

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