The two teams played the first half with their varsity squads, with Sylacauga winning 21-14. In the second half, with the junior varsities on the field, Sylacauga also won 7-0.
“A lot of people don’t believe we’re young, I have 26 sophomores” Anniston head coach Eddie Bullock said. “We had a few nerves.”
Anniston fell behind early after allowing a 9-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Johns to Ian Floyd to cap off a 10-play drive, which opened the game offensively for Sylacauga. After Anniston didn't make a first down on its possession, the Aggies scored again, this time on a 43-yard run by Ian Floyd.
“I had a couple starters that didn’t play defensively, and that threw a damper in it, for team reasons” Bullock said. “We had to make some quick changes, but we are exactly where I thought we were going to be. Once we got it going, we started looking pretty good.”
The Aggies scored on a read-option run from 14 yards out by quarterback Jordan Daniels in the second quarter, taking a 21-0 lead before the Bulldogs answered on a 45-yard screen pass from Quint Dobbins to Donovan Lucas for a touchdown.
Lucas finished with 34 yards on the ground on five carries including a 19-yard carry around the left side for a touchdown with 59 seconds left before halftime.
As for Dobbins, a first-year varsity starting quarterback, Bullock said, “He did well. He got a little rattled early, but once he settled in, he told me, 'Coach, I got it.'”
Dobbins completed 6 of 11 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
“I did well. I had a few mess-ups, but this is the jamboree game. Next week, I’ll try my hardest and work hard to do my best,” Dobbins said.
Added Bullock: “We did a lot of things well. Most of our problems were alignment and recognizing formations. It wasn’t a lack of effort."
Anniston will open up the regular season Friday night at home against Greenville.