Saints stomp Woodlawn on Senior Night

Rodrick Ward outraces Woodlawn defenders.

Selma High School Saints pulled out a big win for Senior Night with a 52-20 win over Woodlawn High School Friday night at Memorial Stadium. 

Javonte Stubbs got senior night started with a bang, igniting the home crowd with an 85-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown that got called back for a block in the back penalty. That did not stop the Saints from exploding on offense for a 52-20 win over Woodlawn out of Birmingham.

Stubbs and fellow senior Dion Nelson erupted for 32 first half points, with each scoring on 73-yard plays. Nelson took a sweep around left end to the endzone on the Saints second play of the game. After a Kyser Jones sack forced the Colonels to punt, Rodrick Ward hit Stubbs in the right flat and he sped 73 yards, aided by a block from Dakari Nelson, untouched for the first of three touchdowns he would score on the night. 

Ken McMillian and Kel Carter combined on a big hit on Woodlawn quarterback Chris Allen for an 8-yard loss and the Colonels punter fumbled the snap on fourth down, setting the Saints up on the visitors’ 28-yard line. Sharod Martin gained 16 yards on two carries and Nelson stiff-armed a defender on a 12-yard touchdown run that demonstrated his dominance on the night putting the home team up 24-0 midway through the second quarter. 

The visitors from Birmingham struck back as Robert Reasor returned the kickoff to midfield. Four plays later, Reasor caught a 39-yard deep pass from Allen and added the PAT for a 24-7 score. 

Martin, who ran for 107 yards on the night, broke off runs of 7, 9, and 14 yards before Stubbs took a buck sweep down the left sideline and a 31-yard touchdown. His fourth 2-point conversion on the night gave the Saints a 32-7 halftime cushion. 

Woodlawn played inspired football early in the second half, scoring on their first two possessions. Nelson, Ward, Martin, Stubbs, and an emerging offensive line kept the pressure on and added 3 more touchdowns to keep the Colonels from closing the gap. 

Nelson had a touchdown catch and another run in the fourth quarter. Stubbs, having arguably one of the best seasons in the state on offense and defense, fittingly, scored his 16th touchdown on a 16-yard run behind a key block from senior tackle Artimus Edwards late in the fourth quarter to end the scoring. Dylan Walker, Kenterrious Carter and Jones had several tackles for losses and lead the defensive efforts. Selma improved to 3-2 overall and are 2-0 in area play. 

The Saints return to the road for an area meeting at Jemison High School on Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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