ATTALLA — Center Point’s relentless offense more than doubled No. 5 Etowah in yardage Friday as the Eagles knocked the Blue Devils out of the Class 5A playoffs with a 42-13 victory at Jim Glover Field.

The victory pushed Center Point to 8-3 on the season; the Eagles will host Scottsboro in a second-round game next week.

Etowah finished 9-2 in its first year under coach John Holladay.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Holladay said after the game, after receiving hugs and handshakes from his players. “They (Center Point) had a good bunch and played well. They didn’t make many mistakes.”

 

The Stat Sheet

Center Point had 293 yards rushing and 106 yards passing for 399 total yards. Etowah totaled 137 yards passing and just 46 on the ground for 183 net yards.

 

Key Plays

Two big plays — a 49-yard run by Jay Taylor and a 43-yard pass from Javon Davis to Harold Hollomon — set up short touchdown runs by Jayson Jones (1 yard) and Taylor (6 yards) as Center Point took a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

A 25-yard run by Troy Bruce in the second quarter helped boost the Eagles’ advantage to 20-0. Etowah cut it to 20-6 on Brady Troup’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Ollie Finch, but Javon Davis tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Roderick Orr inside the final minute to put Center Point up 26-6 at the half.

Etowah got within 26-13 in the third quarter as Troup passed 24 yards to Trent Davis for a touchdown, but touchdown runs of 2 yards by Jones and 4 yards by Bruce in the fourth quarter secured the victory for the visitors.

 

Individual Leaders

Bruce topped Center Point’s rushers with 134 yards on 17 carries. Dontae Eatman had 90 yards on 17 carries and Taylor 65 yards on six attempts. Javon Davis completed 5-of-9 passes for 106 yards.

Troup was 8-of-21 passing for 117 yards to pace Etowah. Trent Davis — who sat out the first half for disciplinary reasons, “some team stuff” according to Holladay — paced Etowah’s rushers with 36 yards on eight carries.

 

Coachspeak

Holladay: “We just never could get into a rhythm offensively. They were able to move the chains consistently. Everything we’d stop them behind the chains or they’d make a penalty, they’d come up with a big play. They’re a good football team. We’ve come a long way this year. Our seniors provided leadership all year. I’m proud of all the kids but especially our seniors.”

 

By the Numbers

2 — Center Point tried two-point conversions after each of its touchdowns, converting on three of six (two by Jones, one by Kejuan Brown) ... 20 — Center Point’s total playoff appearances; the Eagles have gotten past the first round nine times and have gone as far as the quarterfinals three times ... 28 — Etowah’s total playoff appearances; this is the first time the Blue Devils have lost in the first round since 2015; Etowah hasn't missed the postseason since 2009.