The Selma High Saints defense showed it could match last week’s offense by thwarting several Shelby County drives that resulted in no points being scored in Friday night’s 12-10 win in Columbiana.
Shelby County took the opening kickoff and methodically drove into scoring position before the Saints forced and recovered a fumble at the five yard-line. The Saints were tackled in their own endzone for a safety and the home team lead 2-0. After receiving the free kick from Selma, the Tigers drove to the Saints’ 28 before the defense rose again to stop them on downs.
Senior Javonte Stubbs continued his stellar play by first ripping off a 9-yard run on first down, then adding a 30-yard gain off the speed sweep, setting Saints up in Tiger territory. Two plays later Rod Ward found Stubbs open on a flag pattern for a 27-yard score and a 6-2 lead after the failed conversion.
After a Shelby County interception deep in their own territory, the two-way standout struck again. Stubbs stepped in front of a Tiger receiver in the right flat, picked off the pass and sped 25 yards to paydirt, giving the Saints all the points, they would need on the night.
The Tigers took to the air after a long drive and scored on Jalen Montgomery’s 29-yard touchdown catch with 4:29 remaining. Raheem Montgomery ran in the two-point conversion to end the scoring.
In the second half, Shelby County relied heavily on its ground game to keep the ball away from Stubbs and Selma but could not penetrate the Saints’ endzone. The Tigers forced a Selma fumble late in the fourth quarter and mounted a potential game-winning drive until sophomore safety Dakari Nelson intercepted a deep pass at the Saints 32-yard line with :35 seconds remaining. Selma ran out the clock and improved to 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in area play.