CCHS comes back to beat Falcons

Published 11:16 pm Friday, October 21, 2011

Chilton County High School’s Michael Seaton fights for yards while wrapped up by a Central-Tuscaloosa defender. The Tigers came from behind to win the game, 7-6.

Chilton County beat Central-Tuscaloosa in a close game Friday, edging out the Falcons on Senior Night.

Chase Brown and Richard Hilliard had big games on both sides of the ball to give CCHS a win in its last home game of the season.

Brown scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown on 4th and Goal to tie the game 6-6 with 7:26 remaining. An extra point by Anthony Chavez proved to be the difference maker.

Chilton County coach Donnie Hand gives instructions to linebacker Richard Hilliard.

Chilton County and Central-Tuscaloosa both started slow on offense, trading possessions until the Falcons scored on a 14-yard run midway through the second quarter. The score ended up being the visiting team’s only points of the game.

The Tigers responded with a long drive of their own and looked to score until Hilliard fumbled going in for a touchdown. The ball rolled from the 2-yard line out the side of the end zone, resulting in a touchback and loss of possession.

Chilton County came back from halftime to dominate defensively — allowing just one first down in the third and fourth quarters combined.

CCHS Quarterback Chance Britnell runs with the ball Friday against Central-Tuscaloosa.

The Tigers started another promising drive but again had a “sure” touchdown disappear after an illegal forward pass penalty erased an 8-yard TD pass from Chance Britnell.

The Falcons weren’t able to move the ball and had to punt after going three-and-out. When the home team got the ball back, runs by Michael Seaton and Hilliard got CCHS down to the 1-yard line.

Chase Brown plowed into the end zone on 4th and Goal to tie the game, before Chavez’s kick.

The Falcons would make things interesting though — after going three-and-out again, they intercepted Britnell but couldn’t move the ball against the Tiger defense and ended up turning the ball over on downs.

CCHS did have to punt the ball with just a couple of minutes remaining. The kick was mishandled by Central-Tuscaloosa and recovered by Austin Johnson, which sealed the win for the Tigers.

Seaton finished the night with 108 yards rushing on 18 carries. Hilliard had 20 carries for 100 yards on the ground. Dyquan Floyd added another 72 yards.

The team finished with a total of 280 rushing yards.

On defense, Hilliard shined too, with 18 tackles. Austin Rossi had nine tackles, while Brown had eight tackles and a sack. Patrick McKinney added another seven tackles and a sack.

The Tigers (3-6 overall) go on the road next week to conclude the season at neighboring Shelby County in Columbiana.