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PHOTO BY BART MOSS Red Bay lines up on the gridiron, eyes on the prize.

Red Bay overcomes Cedar Bluff

The Red Bay Tigers gave up an early touchdown to Cedar Bluff but went on to blank the rival Tigers 24-7 and advance to the second round of the football playoffs.

Red Bay controlled the ball and the game with 317 rushing yards to Cedar Bluff’s 187 yards. Jalen Vinson and Colyn Humphres led the way with 68 yards and 64 yards respectively on the ground.

Cedar Bluff scored first with 9:32 to go in the first quarter on a big 75-yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Red Bay quickly answered Cedar Bluff’s touchdown on a 57-yard pass from Vinson to Arden Hamilton with 9:13 to go in the first quarter. Humphres converted the two-point attempt to give the Tigers an 8-7 lead.

From there it was all Red Bay.

Red Bay scored again with 3:59 to go in the opening quarter on a six-yard run by Humphres to claim a 14-7 lead.

The defense would dominate the rest of the way. Both teams went scoreless in the second, third and much of the fourth quarter.

The RB Tiger defense got a score late in the game with 2:40 to go on a safety to essentially put the game out of reach, 16-7.

Red Bay added one final score with 1:46 to go on a 25-yard run by Vinson and a two-point conversion to give the Tigers the 24-7 win.

Vinson completed 10 of 23 passes for 134 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Cam McKinney had a monster night for the Red Bay defense with 16 tackles.

Red Bay will host Sulligent Friday night in the second round of the playoffs at 7 p.m.