CCHS close again against one of state’s best

Published 12:05 am Saturday, October 31, 2009

Every loss is difficult, but Chilton County’s fall to neighboring Bibb County on Friday was especially disheartening.

The Tigers had two possessions inside Bibb County’s 5-yard line that produced no points in the 32-26 loss to one of Class 4A’s best teams.

Chilton County got on the scoreboard first with a pass from Taylor Hughes to T.J. Henley.

Bibb County then answered with a 2-yard drive by Jaquail Rutledge. A successful 2-point conversion put the Choctaws up, 8-7.

The Tigers responded with a nice drive, capped by a 1-yard pass from Hughes to Henley again. The home team led 13-8 with 20 seconds to go before halftime.

Chilton County wouldn’t go into the locker rooms with the lead.

Rutledge rumbled down the field for 64 yards to give Bibb County a 16-13 halftime edge.

After the break, Hughes lead Chilton County down the field, converting a 4th-and-1 in the process, only to fumble the ball on the 4-yard-line.

Bibb County then widened the lead with a 63-yard pass to Kannon Johnston to start the fourth quarter.

Chilton County still had plenty of fight: Hughes scored on a run to draw the home team closer, 24-19.

But Rutledge broke loose again, this time from 55 yards out, to give the Choctaws their widest lead of the night, 32-19 with 6:05 to go.

The Tigers responded by marching down the field to the 5-yard-line again but was shut out of the end zone after Hughes was sacked for a 10-yard-loss.

The game seemed over, but Chilton County rattled the Choctaw crowd with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Hughes to Chris Felder. A successful PAT put the game at 32-26.

Chilton County tried for the onside kick and got a good bounce but wasn’t able to come down with the ball. Two snaps later, and Bibb County won.