Chilton County shuts out ‘Dega
by Jim Smothers
TALLADEGA – The Talladega Tigers fell a notch to 1-2 in 5A Region 4 competition Friday night with a 30-0 loss to Chilton County at Mary Dumas Stadium.

Talladega failed to convert on the game’s opening possession. A high snap sent punter Jackson Bailey chasing the ball into the end zone where it was recovered by a pack of Chilton County defenders for a safety.

Chilton County returned the kickoff to the Talladega 44 and covered the distance in seven plays to score again, with the touchdown coming on a three-yard run by Michael Seaton. Stephen Horn kicked the first of four PATs from Keandre Binion’s hold for a 9-0 first quarter lead.

After swapping punts, Chilton County put together a 63-yard, seven-play drive in the second quarter to score again. Passes from Forest Britnell to Austin Rossi for 20 yards and Kenneth Allison keyed the drive, with the points coming on a seven-yard run up the middle by Richard Hilliard midway through the second quarter.

The first score of the second half came when Chilton County’s Myric Good intercepted a Talladega pass and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter.

The visitors followed up with a 58-yard drive, with James Hilyer scoring on a nine-yard run up the middle with 35 seconds left in the quarter. Horn’s PAT closed out scoring for the evening.

Talladega drove 63 yards on a 12-play drive in the fourth quarter, earning a first-and-goal at the 8 yard line, but that’s as close as the hosting Tigers could get.

Talladega gave up three interceptions in the game, two to Good and one to Nicholas Looney.

Talladega’s Richard Williams picked off a Chilton County pass in the second quarter. Neither team lost a fumble in the game.

The visiting Tigers had a net 159 rushing yards and 97 yards passing.

Talladega had a net 44 yards rushing and 59 yards passing.

Talladega is now even at 2-2 on the season, 1-2 in the Region, and travels to Alexander City to play Benjamin Russell in a non-region game next Friday.

Chilton County, now 3-1, 2-1 in the region, hosts Marbury in a non-region game next week.

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