Football alumni return to gridiron glory

Published 8:54 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Back in action: Tyron Morris (20) rushed 13 times for 152 yards as the White squad earned a 26-24 win over the Orange in an alumni football game.

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

Most people say your high school years are the best years of your life. The annual Chilton County High School Alumni game is an opportunity for men to become boys again and suit up one last time to re-live their glory days.

This year’s contest kicked off at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the White squad took a 26-24 win over the Orange squad.

The White squad won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. On the second play of the game, quarterback Josh Wright handed off to running back Tyron Morris, who scampered 55 yards for a touchdown to put the White Squad up 6-0 early in the first quarter.

After converting on a 4th-down and two yards to go at the White 48-yard line, Orange quarterback Rick Short would end the drive by going in from 1 yard out to tie the game at 6.

Both teams exchanged possession before the Orange squad would find the end zone again on their third possession of the game on a Dillian Simmons 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Time would run out on the White squad and bring about the halftime break with Orange leading 12-6.

The Orange squad started the second half the same way they started the game, in the end zone on a Short 50-yard touchdown run, putting the Orange squad up 18-6 early in the third quarter.

The White squad answered right back when Morris found the end zone for the second time and Parker Hughes added the conversion to draw the White squad within one score, 18-13.

After forcing the Orange to punt, the White squad picked up their first lead of the game on a Kevin Brasher 21-yard touchdown run. Darian Morman would add the point-after to give the White a 20-18 lead with 0:33.7 left to play in the third quarter.

The White defense stood tall again on the next Orange possession, forcing a turnover on downs after a 4th-and-two at their own 48-yard line. The White offense would find the end zone again on a Morris 29-yard touchdown run, giving the White squad a 26-18 lead with 6:18 to play.