Kolin Wilson Powers No1 Gulf Shores: Gulf Shores’ dominance continued in a resounding 41-0 victory over Charles Henderson in the AHSAA Class 5A second-round matchup. Kolin Wilson led the charge with an impressive 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns, contributing to the Dolphins’ unbeaten 12-0 record.
The Dolphins’ defense was the standout performer of the night, returning three interceptions for touchdowns. Ronnie Royal ignited the pick parade with a 72-yard interception return in the first quarter, setting the tone for a stellar defensive display. Carter Byrd and Landon Everett also joined the interception touchdown party, with returns of 30 and 31 yards, respectively.
Coach Mark Hudspeth commended the defense, emphasizing their consistent excellence throughout the season. The defensive unit felt they lacked the respect they deserved, using the game as an opportunity to showcase their skills and determination.
The first-half performance was dominant, highlighted by a 24-0 halftime lead. Will Langston contributed with a 26-yard field goal, and Kolin Wilson’s 15-yard run further solidified Gulf Shores’ control.
The second half witnessed no relief for Charles Henderson, as Kolin Wilson sprinted for a 66-yard scoring run, and Landon Everett added another interception touchdown. Langston closed the scoring with a 29-yard field goal, showcasing the Dolphins’ comprehensive dominance.
Senior outside linebacker Kingston Lowe, a key figure in the defensive success, expressed confidence in their preparation, noting their thorough analysis of Charles Henderson’s gameplay through film study.
The play of the game was attributed to Ronnie Royal’s 72-yard interception return, setting the tone for the Dolphins’ defensive prowess. The numbers reflected Gulf Shores’ superiority, with standout statistics including minus-1 rushing yards allowed in the first half, six sacks, 475 points scored through 12 games, and only 110 points allowed by the defense all season.
Quinn Hambrite, Charles Henderson’s third-year coach, acknowledged the turnovers as a significant factor in their challenging performance, expressing disappointment in the team’s overall preparedness. The win propels Gulf Shores to the AHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals, setting up a matchup against Headland.