Saturday, September 02, 2006
By DEREK BELT
GULF SHORES -- Robertsdale's defense turned six Gulf Shores turnovers into 14 second-half points, and the Golden Bears snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 14-6 victory over Gulf Shores at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium on Friday night.
Chris Eubanks' 22-yard scoring reception with 1:44 left in the third gave Robertsdale a 7-6 advantage, and Vance Gossett's 16-yard interception return with 2:15 remaining sealed the deal for the Bears (1-0), who were 0-10 a year ago.
"They did a great job stuffing the line and limiting Lakefer's (Hunter) yards, but we maintained our composure and made some big plays," said first-year Robertsdale coach Scott Phelps. "We never gave up. Our defense played great tonight. They got the job done."
Nathan Wells completed 8 of 15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown to lead Robertsdale, while Hunter carried the ball 25 times for 63 yards. Eubanks caught three passes for 63 yards and the go-ahead score.
"We haven't won since 2004. It was about time," Eubanks said.
Gulf Shores (0-1) had plenty of chances to tie or take the lead late in the game, but a string of interceptions kept the Dolphins out of the end zone. Lawrence McMillan had two first-half picks to lead the Bears' defense.
Gulf Shores quarterback Evan Stringfellow finished 12-of-28 passing for 101 yards and five interceptions, while Joey Moxley scored the Dolphins' lone touchdown on a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
"We just made too many mistakes," said Gulf Shores coach Duane Davis. "We didn't execute. We didn't do things right. We need to go back to the drawing board offensively."