The Falcons (5-4, 5-3) rushed for a total of 113 yards, but it was their passing game that helped them clinch the victory. Quarterback Marshall Ghee completed 22 of 26 pass attempts for 279 yards.
Both teams scored on their opening possessions. Donoho sophomore running back Justin Foster opened the game with a 69-yard touchdown run, but Gaylesville (3-6, 3-5) held possession for most of the second quarter and held a 16-15 advantage at the end of the first half.
The Falcons received to start the second half, and running back Christopher Carr quickly scored on a 30-yard completion, but the Trojans regained the lead late in the third on junior quarterback Cole Murphy’s touchdown toss to junior tight end Gable Lawson.
Murphy completed 6 of 12 pass attempts for 115 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries and led the Trojan defense with nine tackles.
Lawson finished with three catches for 45 yards and a score.
Trojan senior tailback John David Jennings finished the game rushing for 108 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 48 yards and a score and had five tackles on defense.
The Trojan advantage was short-lived, however, as the Falcons drove downfield at the start of the fourth and pulled ahead for the win with a touchdown from Ghee.
Trojans’ head coach Brian Clowdis felt his team played well against the Falcons, despite having multiple starters out with injury.
“I though we played hard,” Clowdis said. “We were doing some stuff we usually don’t do just to move the ball.”
Falcon coach Shannon Felder also felt the Trojans played well.
“My hat is off to Gaylesville,” he said. “They played hard, but when the game was on the line, we made the plays we needed to make to seal the victory.”
The Trojans’ season ends Thursday as they take on Ohatchee. Donoho has next week off before heading into the first round of the state playoffs. The Falcons will travel to Region 8 winner Hackleburg (8-1) on Nov. 2.