Tigers take positives from spring practice

Published 5:22 pm Friday, May 18, 2012

Chilton County's Myric Good scores a touchdown during Thursday's spring football game against Calera. Good's touchdown made the score 13-0 CCHS, but Calera fought back to tie the score at 14 by halftime.

Though the Tigers lost Thursday’s game to Calera, 21-14, Chilton County football coach Donnie Hand said there were plenty of positives to take away from the spring practice period.

CCHS rolled for the first couple of possessions for each team.

Myric Good scored on a 4-yard run on Chilton’s first possession at Tiger Stadium, and then, after the defense held Calera to a 3-and-out, Richard Hilliard ran for a 25-yard touchdown with 1:39 remaining in the first quarter.

CCHS was good on both of its point-after attempts, making the score 14-0.

But Calera opened the second quarter with a 56-yard touchdown pass and scored again before halftime on a quarterback sneak to tie the game at 14 at halftime.

The visiting Eagles scored the game-winning touchdown in the third quarter on a screen play that turned into a gain of about 30 yards.

With time running out in the game, CCHS drove the ball to Calera’s 15-yard line but couldn’t convert on a 4th-and-5 play.

“You always want to win,” coach Donnie Hand said. “We came out the first two drives and scored and looked good. They adjusted and started blitzing some, and we had some trouble picking up their blitzes.

“I think there was a lot more positives than negatives. There are some things that we could have done better, but we’re making strikes to get where we need to get.”

The exhibition game marked the end of the spring practice period.

The teams played four 9-minute quarters. At halftime, the schools’ B-teams played for 12 minutes, with Chilton pulling out a 14-13 win.

Trenton Bishop passed about five yards to Keishaun White for a touchdown that made the score 13-12 Calera with 3 seconds left.

Bishop then ran in a 2-point play to give CCHS the win.

White also scored Chilton’s first touchdown, on a run of about 60 yards.

“We’ve got a lot more depth this year, and we wanted everybody to get some action in practice,” Hand said. “We went full pads eight days out of nine practices. We’re trying to get a little bit tougher out there.”