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Jalyn Daniels ran for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns
Photos by Kyle Thornton

Tigers blast Beauregard

By Michael Butler

Talk about a turnaround. A disappointing performance from a week ago at Pike Road turned into a distant memory with Tallassee on the good end of a region rout of Beauregard on Friday at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium, 57-20.

The Tigers exploded for 28 third-quarter points to extend what was a 22-14 halftime lead. The 57 points is the most scored by at THS team since a 59-18 win against Talladega in 2015.

Beauregard began the game with a turnover on the first play from scrimmage and the Tigers capitalized two plays later with a 15-yard Jalyn Daniels run for a 7-0 lead.

Beauregard responded with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Prickett to Keyshon Tolefree to tie it.

After Clay Johnson's 28-yard field goal in the second quarter, the Tigers led 10-7 and never looked back.

Tallassee head coach Mike Battles said his guys are "resilient" and it showed.

"After last Friday night they were ready to get that one over with, so this will take care of healing a bunch of wounds. We're starting to play football like what's expected of us."

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Tallassee racked up 404 yards of offense to the Hornets' 218. Daniels returned to form with 255 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Daniels scored three times in the first five minutes of the third quarter. The first came on the Tigers' first play on offense, a 7-yard run. The score was set up by a big kick return from Marciano Smith, who set up another score with an interception and long return.

Tyler Ellis connected with Ziggy Holloway on two touchdown passes of 15 and 13 yards. Ellis also ran for two scores of 1 and 24 yards. He was 10 of 17 passing for 82 yards and added 8 rushes for 70 yards.

"If we'll just keep improving and keep doing things the right way, we're going to be in good shape," Battles said. "We've got another big region game when we go to Talladega, then we come back here for Holtville and we go to Clay Central, so a lot of things will shake out the next few weeks. I'm proud of the kids."

Tallassee (2-4) improved to 2-1 in region play. Talladega (1-5/1-2), after a 46-7 loss to Clay Central, will host the Tigers this week. The game has been moved to Thursday due to impending weather. Kickoff is 7 p.m. 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live at 6 p.m. with the simulcast on the TuneIn app. Live video streaming will be on Tallassee Times TV through YouTube and Spectrum Channel 340.