By KYLE WILLIAMS For the Daily News
RUSSELLVILLE — Greenwood pushed its win streak over Logan County to eight straight games with a 35-0 victory Friday over the host Cougars to open Class 5A, District 2 play.
The Gators (2-3) had 385 yards of offense, led by senior running back Damichael Bibb’s 126 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Logan County (0-5) suffered its 18th loss straight dating back to 2012.
“Overall, I was pleased,” Greenwood coach Chris Seabolt said. “There were some little things we need to get cleaned up. Logan County – so much better than they were last year. I know the score’s 35-0, but you can tell they’re very much improved. They did a great job of hanging on to the football and keeping it out of our hands.”
Freshman quarterback Jackson Adams, who started his first game under center last week in a 24-6 loss to Franklin-Simpson, totaled 92 yards of offense – 68 on the ground and 24 through the air – with one touchdown pass and one interception.
“That was big for him,” Seabolt said. “I know that’s a confidence booster for him. I thought he played really well tonight.”
The Gators’ first score came roughly seven minutes into the game as Greenwood orchestrated a three-play, 47-yard drive that took 46 seconds. An 11-yard touchdown pass from Adams to Hunter Mills capped the drive.
Adams said he attributes his first win to leadership from the likes of Mills and other Greenwood seniors.
“Senior leadership – no doubt,” Adams said. “They really came out there supporting me and my team. It felt really good to have them behind me.”
Greenwood scored on its next possession on a 1-yard run by Bibb to complete a seven-play, 67-yard drive.
Bibb continued his strong showing on the next drive as he capped a six-play, 49-yard drive with a 7-yard run to the right side. Bibb’s success came despite a switch to the B-back position.
“I was pleased with how he ran the football,” Seabolt said. “We moved him to a new position this week, so he’s working two different spots. … He looked pretty good at it tonight.”
Greenwood gave up some momentum at the end of the first half with a turnover on downs at the Logan County goal line, and it transferred into the second half as the Gators’ Bibb fumbled at the Cougar 5-yard line with less than three minutes left in the third quarter.
However, the Cougars were unable to capitalize, and Noah Pillow picked up where the Gators left off in the first half with a 35-yard touchdown off a sweep to the left with less than 10 minutes remaining to extend Greenwood’s lead to 28-0.
The Gators struck again with less than a minute left as Greenwood defensive back Will Adams picked off a pass from Logan County’s Tyler Wright and took it 80 yards for the touchdown.
Greenwood will be back in action Friday when it hosts Warren Central.
GW 14 7 0 14 — 35
LC 0 0 0 0 — 0
GW – Mills 11 pass from J. Adams (South kick), 8:33
GW – Bibb 1 run (South kick), 3:12
GWHS – Bibb 7 run (South kick), 8:16
GWHS – Pillow 35 run (South kick), 9:42
GWHS – W. Adams 80 interception return (South kick), 33.6