Bell scores 4 second-half TDs to complete Cane Ridge's rally

Bell scores 4 second-half TDs to complete Cane Ridge's rally

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Bell scores 4 second-half TDs to complete Cane Ridge's rally

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Unbeaten Cane Ridge could feel its back against the wall in the first half of Friday’s opening-round Class 5A playoff matchup against visiting Summit.

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Cane Ridge's Jordan Bell (10) scores a touchdown against Summit on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Cane Ridge’s Jordan Bell (10) scores a touchdown against Summit on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Fortunately for the Region 6-5A champion Ravens (11-0), they didn’t stay there for long, rallying for a 35-21 win for the first playoff victory in the school’s eight-year history.

“It felt horrible,” said Cane Ridge running back Jordan Bell, whose team faced a 21-0 deficit at the break. “I just tried to tell myself that we’ve got a whole ’nother half to play.”

Bell and Ravens made the most of those final two quarters, too.

“It wasn’t a big (motivational) speech,” second-year Cane Ridge coach Eddie Woods said. “I just told the guys, ‘Look, we’ve got to score, and we’ve got to stop them.’”

After making a couple quick halftime adjustments, the Ravens did plenty of both, reeling off five unanswered touchdowns while not allowing the Spartans to score a single second-half point.

“It was just us coming together,” Bell said. “There was no negativity; just adjustments and straight positivity.”

After being limited to just 11 yards on six first-half carries, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Bell put the Ravens’ offense on his back in the second half, racking up 116 yards rushing while scoring four of the team’s five touchdowns.

“The second half, that was my time,” said Bell, who finished with 165 total yards on 29 touches. “I guess they thought the game was over. We came out in the second half stronger and our stamina was high. We just drove through until the clock hit four zeroes.”

Junior running back Tai Carter finished with 109 yards rushing on 27 carries to lead Summit (7-4), which was making its playoff debut. Dalton Fisher and Tyler Palmer combined for run for 98 yards and three second-quarter touchdowns.

“We definitely have to learn from this, no doubt” Summit coach Brian Coleman said. “It’s not over until it’s over, especially in the playoffs. They saw that, and they’ll see that for years to come I hope, next year especially.”

Cane Ridge will host Beech in the second round next Friday.

“I told the kids, ‘Don’t be worried about it because guess what, this is playoff football,’” Woods said. “You’re the hunted — people are going to prepare well for you and play you hard.

“This is a great win for the program, and we’re just going to try to keep surviving week to week.”

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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