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CCHS’s winning streak ends at 3

Chilton County came into Greenville looking for the school’s fourth straight win, but Greenville scored 26 unanswered points to hand the Tigers their sixth loss of the year, 26-16.

Intensity, emotion and an offense that made short work of a short field helped Chilton County (3-6) jump out in front of Greenville 9-0 early lead courtesy of a Patrick Norman field goal and 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Taylor Hughes.

The Tigers even recovered an onside kick at Greenville’s 37-yard line following Hughes’ touchdown, but a holding call killed the drive before it even got started.

After a punt, Greenville (6-3) went to work. It took only three plays as Alex Phifer ran 15 yards for the score on a double reverse, cutting CCHS’s lead to 9-7 with 9:50 remaining in the second quarter.

But a big return had GHS on its heels again.

Hughes hit Gheryme Reed on a screen pass to the Tigers’ 30-yard line. A Marcus Peters sack then had the visiting Tigers facing a long fourth and nine. Hughes came up just short after an eight-yard scramble to Greenville’s 22-yard line.

Greenville went back to its ground game.

Phifer gained 19 yards, quarterback Ryan Smith followed that with a 30-yard carry, and Cordez Peagler capped off the drive with a 29-yard scoring run behind the blocking of Sam Durbin and Derrick Bedgood.

Greenville led 13-9 at halftime.

Chilton County had GHS stopped cold on offense after the half, but an offside penalty allowed the Tigers to convert a fourth and one at the 33-yard line. Three straight rushing plays up the middle by Peagler set up another 15-yard scoring run by Phifer on a sweep with 7:47 left in the third quarter.

After a Greenville fumble, Chilton County tried to respond.

Hughes connected with Kendrick Woods for a 13-yard gain on a shovel pass. Hughes then scrambled for a first down to the GHS 35-yard line.

Linebacker Issaac Melton broke through to sack the CCHS quarterback and Josh Salter picked off Hughes’ pass on third down for GHS.

A Peagler 33-yard run allowed Smith to rush for an eight-yard touchdown for Greenville early in the fourth quarter.

Reed responded for Chilton County, running back a kickoff 89 yards for the touchdown following the GHS score.

CCHS had a chance cut into the lead late in the fourth when Hughes hit Darnell Spear on a 58-yard pass to the Tigers’ nine-yard line, but a block in the back, plus a pair of sacks by Greenville, ended the drive.