CCHS’s winning streak ends at 3

Published 12:22 am Saturday, October 25, 2008

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.