By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Sometimes when you have a feeling, you just need to go with it. That certainly was the case for Noxapater head football coach Justin Hunter last Friday night.
At the last minute he decided to go with Tyrell Carter, who had been nursing an injury for the past few weeks, at quarterback. Carter responded by hitting on 10-of-12 passes for 210 yards and two scores while leading the Tigers to a 52-25 Region 3-1A win over Sebastopol that moved Noxapater to within one win of clinching its third consecutive league title.
“It was the best we have played on offense all year,” Hunter said of his Tigers, who are now 7-3 overall and 3-1 in region play. “If we can take care of business this week we will win the district for the third year in a row. That’s a pretty big deal for the kids and the community.”
If Noxapater takes a road win over West Lowndes on Friday night, the Tigers will at the least be tied with Pelahatchie for the league title. Noxapater beat Pelahatchie 34-7 earlier in the year, so the Tigers own the tiebreaker.
While going with Carter at quarterback turned out to be a good idea, whoever decided to put the ball in Justin Robertson’s hands as much as possible against Sebastopol also had a pretty good feeling.
The senior caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown and rushed for five more touchdowns and a whopping 288 yards on 16 carries.
Noxapater took a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard run, before Sebastopol responded to tie the game at 7-7 on a kickoff return.
Robertson then scored on runs of 6 and 3 yards and hauled in a 25-yard scoring toss from Carter to help the Tigers build a 27-13 lead.
Robertson scored second-half touchdowns on runs of 3, 5 and 34 yards while David Parker also had a 24-yard touchdown reception off a Carter pass.
Woods rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries and also had 82 receiving yards on three catches. Parker had two catches for 69 yards and Keontae Daniels two for 22 yards. Marshall Kugle had one catch for six yards.
Nick Strehle led the Noxapater defense with nine tackles and a sack, while Robertson, Parker and Trevara Miller had eight tackles each and Woods had six tackles and two pass deflections.