HEADLAND — Quay Bailey lit up the Rams of Headland Friday night in the No. 8-ranked Pike County Bulldogs’ 26-7 victory on the road.
Bailey, the PCHS senior wide receiver, returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and caught a 75-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback Quan Bryant in the first half.
“That was a big punt return and it was a great way to start the scoring,” PCHS head coach Brad Waggoner said.
Bailey finished the game with three catches for 132 yards.
Waggoner said the Bulldogs (2-1, 2-0 AHSAA Class 3A, Region 2) may have won the game, but they have a lot to work on when they hit the practice field Sunday.
“We drove it all night long, but we fumbled the ball on the eight yard line one time and we just made too many mistakes,” Waggoner said. “We just played sloppy. But this was a big region win for us and we will bring the kids in on Sunday and show them what we need to work on.”
Waggoner said the defense was not sharp in the game, as they missed many assignments. But the offense was clicking on all cylinders and compiled nearly 400 yards of offense for the second straight week. Senior tailback Gerald Adams rushed for 94 yards on 12 carries and had a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Junior tailback CC Griffin added a six-yard touchdown run in the game. PCHS junior quarterback Josh Parker went out with a turned ankle in the first half of the game and Waggoner said he is questionable for next week’s home game against Slocumb.
The Bulldogs and the Red Tops square off at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium Sept. 19.