Tigers win on Senior Night

Published 10:16 pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

In for 6: Chilton County’s Austin Rossi eluded Ramsay defenders—and dragged others—as he ran in for a touchdown right before halftime of Friday’s home win.

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

The Chilton County Tigers sent their seniors out with a 42-6 win Thursday over Ramsay.

The game was the last regular season contest at Tiger Stadium for the team’s seniors.

The Tiger defense held up their stingy reputation in the first half and held the Rams to less than 50 yards of total offense, while the Chilton County offense got things going on their first drive when coach Donnie Hand dug deep in his playbook and pulled out a little trickery with a fake punt on fourth-and-long at the Ramsay 41-yard line.

Trenton Bishop found Dontavius Patterson at the 28-yard line and set up Michael Seaton for a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers (8-1 overall, 6-1 in region play) up 7-0.

The Tiger defense, led by Nick Looney, stuffed a fourth down attempt by the Rams at their own 36, setting up Stephen Horn for a 32-yard field goal attempt that sailed just outside the right upright.

Two possessions later, Richard Hilliard would go in from 5 yards out, with Horn adding the point-after to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead.

The Chilton County offense wasn’t done for the half. Taking possession with 32 seconds left at the Ramsay 32, Britnell found Austin Rossi across the middle. Rossi’s dive into the end zone put the Tigers up 21-0 at the half.

The Chilton County offense started the second half right where they left off in the first: in the endzone via a 3-yard touchdown run by Seaton, putting the Tigers ahead 28-0.

The Tigers would find the end zone again on their very next possession, with Taylor Speaks going in from 1 yard out to make the score 35-0.

The shutout was not to be, however, as Ramsay (1-8, 0-7) would be set up inside the Chilton 20-yard line after a high snap on fourth and long. Two plays later, a 21-yard pass broke the shutout and gave the Rams their only points of the night.

The Tigers would add one more score in the night via a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Trenton Bishop.

“It was a good way to finish up for our seniors. We started out a little slow, but we got the touchdown right before the half and that helped a lot,” Hand said.

The Tigers wrap up next week at Calera (7-1, 5-1).

“They have a great team, and one of the best athletes in the state,” Hand said. “We will have to play really well to beat them.”