Sardis hosts No. 9 Geraldine


Sardis quarterback Will Scott has passed for nearly 600 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. (Photo by Eric T. Wright | Gadsden Times | File)


So what is it that makes the Sardis Lions’ offense so potent?

There’s Keenan Lewis, who’s the speedy running back with a knack for the big play. Jesse Hubbard has good vision and catches the ball out of the backfield better than any other running back on the team. Braun Pee is the deceptive one, somehow always getting in the right spot at the right time.

While their skills make it tough for any defense to key on just one, they also give coach Gene Hill an added dimension of depth.

“All three of them bring something different to the table, but it’s allowed us to rest them because all three of those guys also play defense,” Hill said.

Add in preseason Gadsden Times’ Dirty Dozen member Will Scott — who’s passed for nearly 600 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions — and it’s easy to see why the Class 4A Lions (4-0) are undefeated and averaging nearly 400 yards of offense per outing.

They’ll all need to be on their game Friday night with 3A, No. 9 Geraldine coming to town. The Lions and Bulldogs kickoff the non-region contest at 7 p.m.

Some of the luster was taken off this matchup when Geraldine (3-1) was upset by New Hope last week.

“Unfortunately for us, we catch them after a loss,” Hill said. “When I heard that score Friday night, I wasn’t really happy about that because I know they’ll come in and be ready to play. Which they would have in any case, but they have even more incentive this week.”

Geraldine had reached No. 4 in the 3A poll before the 21-13 loss to New Hope.

Friday night’s game will feature a contrast in styles, as Sardis likes to spread defenses out, while Geraldine operates out of a Wing-T with a good mix of power running and misdirection.

The Bulldogs certainly have the talent in the backfield with Marcus Davis, Devan Totherow and Damion Totherow leading the way. The quarterback, Jake Maddox, is a solid runner and has mixed in accurate passing to keep opposing defenses off-balance.

Interestingly enough, Sardis and Geraldine played against each other for a half in a preseason jamboree. Hill said he’s not putting “a lot of stock” in the 7-0 win in August. “I know they didn’t show a lot, and I know we didn’t show a lot,” he said. “I think you’ll see a difference Friday night out of both teams.”