The weather did not stop rivalry between Gulf Shores
and Spanish Fort getting a little more heated tonight.
The two teams meet tonight for the UTV44 High School Game of the Week in which both teams debut a new head coach. With tensions between the two teams already high, tonight’s game showed just how big the feud really is between these two teams. Mark Freeman and his Toros are now 2-0 at Spanish Fort , Freeman left Gulf Shores during the off-season to fill the vacancy left by former Spanish Fort head coach Bryant Vincent.
Trailing in the first half, Gulf Shore finally got on the board by a rushing touch down from Brandon Silvers. The Dolphins capitalized on a lost fumble by the Toros, which Ryan Morgan returned the fumble into Spanish Fort Territory. Gulf Shores missed the extra point attempt.
Coming out of halftime with a 21-6 lead, the Toros drove down the field for 93 yards on their first possession of the second half capped by a touch down run by Otis Smith.
In the 4th quarter with tempers already running high, players from both sides got into a shoving match just in front of the Spanish Fort sideline after a tackle of Ed Autrey was deemed hard by the Toros and included a personal foul for facemask. The play resulted in five persona fouls and one ejection of a Spanish Fort Toros.
Still trailing, Gulf Shores Shamon Campbell sack Joel Poe I the end zone for safety only to give up a touch down on the ensuing drive by Spanish Fort with a touchdown run by Otis Smith.
Spanish Fort (1-1) went on to defeat Gulf Shores (1-1) by a final of 35-16.
Next week the UTV 44 Game of the Week will be heading to Blount High School for the match up between the Murphy Panthers and the Blount Leopards.