COTTONDALE – It took two tries.

Paul W. Bryant High School coach Eldrick Hill had the Stampede break it down as a unit after his lengthy postgame speech. It wasn’t loud enough. He wanted everyone to involved.

The second time was better, but the scoreboard remained. Bryant fell to McAdory, 33-7, Friday night in the Stampede’s home opener.

“At the end of the day, it’s me,” Hill said. “I’m in charge of getting the coaches prepared to prepare the players. We weren’t prepared. It’s my fault.”

The downfall started early. McAdory’s Kelvin Wallace had a 45-yard touchdown run less than two minutes in. He scored on foot again during the fourth quarter from 10 yards out.

There was a Stampede fumble during the offense’s first series. Kenion Bender recovered it for the Yellowjackets and scored.

“It was a missed handoff,” Hill said. “The mesh point wasn’t right. So, the guy bumped the quarterback or something. I look up, and the guy ran for a touchdown.”

Also for McAdory, Gekobe Jackson ran 2 yards to score. Jordan Shakeel caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Wade.

The Stampede was down 27 points exiting halftime. On kickoff, Gary Quarles Jr. caught the ball and tossed it to Seth Williams, who ran about 75 yards to score Bryant’s sole touchdown. It was a play special teams practiced all week.

“It didn’t work out too well as far as the timing of it and the spacing,” Hill said. “But the end result was good.”

The Stampede’s Ke’Anthony Nixon also intercepted a pass.

Up next, Bryant (1-3) plays at Selma next Friday. Hill wants to turn the team around by then.

“Just tighten up on the discipline all the way around,” Hill said. “They’re not terrible kids. They’re good kids. But I just got to do a better job.”