Tuscaloosa County came up short in its late-game rally attempt against Vestavia Hills on Friday night.

The Wildcats scored late but were unable to complete its comeback, falling 15-7.

Quarterback Sam Cooper found wide receiver LaDarrian Mobley for a 25-yard touchdown with 1:50 to go, but the Wildcats failed to recover the ensuing onside kick. The Rebels picked up one first down before taking a knee to run out the clock.

Prior to Mobley’s touchdown, Tuscaloosa County had several scoring chances, though missed opportunities – missed field goal, interception and a turnover on downs on the Rebels’ 3 – held them scoreless until late.

Vestavia Hills kicker Curry Howard made three field goals – from 32, 42 and 42 yards – and senior Morgan Long scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter to build up the Rebels’ lead to 15-0 by the 11:58 mark in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, County High forced three turnovers, each one proving key for the Wildcats. Senior Isaiah Carson and junior David Taylor both recovered fumbles in the fourth quarter, setting up the Wildcats’ late turnover-on-downs and touchdown drives, respectively.

Senior defensive back Cameron Rice’s interception in the end zone ended Vestavia Hills’ opening series of the game.

Tuscaloosa County did not punt once for the first time all season.

In the video above, County High play-by-play announcer Justin Baker and color commentator Greer Williams provide their postgame thoughts.

The Wildcats (0-9, 0-7 Class 7A, Region 3) host Homewood (7-2, 6-1) in their regular-season finale next Friday night.

You can follow the live call of the game on Tide 99.1 FM, http://tide991.com/listen-live or on your mobile device using the radioPup app. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

Vestavia Hills 3 – 3 – 6 – 3

Tuscaloosa County 0 – 0 – 0 – 7

VH – Curry Howard 32 field goal 49.2 1st

VH – Curry Howard 42 field goal 1:02 2nd

VH – Morgan Long 5 run (kick failed) 4:12 3rd

VH – Curry Howard 42 field goal 11:58 4th

TC – LaDarrian Mobley 25 pass from Samuel Cooper (Frank Garcia kick) 1:50 4th