Agee leads Chilton Co. to needed win

Published 12:18 am Saturday, September 26, 2009

The way Chilton County’s J.J. Agee and Tallassee’s Mike Smith played Friday night, you might have mistaken the 5 embroidered across their chests for the letter S.

Both running backs wear No. 5 and accounted for 10 touchdowns. Fortunately for the home team, it was Chilton County’s Superman who lead his team to victory, 43-36.

The catfight went back and forth all night and didn’t end until Jacob McKinney intercepted a pass in CCHS’s end zone in the game’s final seconds.

“It was crazy … unbelievable,” said CCHS head coach Brian Carter. “They (Chilton County) played all four quarters tonight. That’s a great team we played.”

The game that ended with a bang started that way—Smith scored on the game’s first play from scrimmage on a 77-yard pass.

Chilton County would even things up with a lengthy drive behind the legs of Agee and quarterback Taylor Hughes. Agee found the end zone from 6 yards out to tie the score.

On its next possession, CCHS would take its first lead of the night. Set up by a 15-yard Agee run, fullback Joe Looney cashed in from the 3-yard-line.

The excitement on the home sideline was soon quieted though—Smith ran the ensuing kickoff all the back—some 68 yards.

Late in the second quarter, Hughes and Agee hooked up for a 6-yard touchdown. Smith then countered with a 64-yard run to make things even, 21-21, at halftime.

“We answered to their every play,” said Carter.

The fireworks continued in the second half. Hughes kept the ball and ran it in himself from 7 yards out to put CCHS back up, 28-21, early in the third quarter. The chess match continued when Smith ran 37 yards for the score.

Not to be outdone, Agee beat that mark with a 45-yard run to put Chilton County up 28-34.

Smith ran in his fifth and final score, a 24-yard run, with 7:02 to go in the game. A risky two-point conversion by Smith put the Tallassee Tigers up 35-34.

Chilton County came together though for one final drive, which included a successful 4th-and-4 conversion, to retake the lead with a 19-yard run by Swindle. Hughes kept the ball on the 2-point conversion try, giving the Tigers (2-3 overall, 0-2 Class 5A, Region 3) a 43-36 lead.

Tallassee responded by driving done the field, until they were intercepted by McKinney.

Agee finished the night with five total touchdowns and an unofficial 216 yards on the ground. Hughes also had a great game with 124 yards on the ground.