CCHS JV forces five turnovers to outlast Calera

Published 12:14 pm Friday, September 18, 2015

By Ryan Poe | Special to the Advertiser

Chilton County High School’s junior varsity football team’s offense showed up for about three plays Monday night against a tough Calera team, but two of those plays went for touchdowns.

It was enough to secure a 14-8 win for the Tigers.

The game was a defensive struggle for both teams.

Calera utilized pressure from its linebackers to harass the CCHS quarterbacks all night, forcing miscues in the passing game.

The Tigers used big hits to create five turnovers and kept the home team in the game.

After a scoreless first quarter, Calera scored early in the second on a long run from scrimmage. Chilton answered back on its very next possession with a 67-yard scoring strike from Luke Keenum to Cory Albert.

The first half ended in a 6-6 tie as both teams failed to convert the extra point.

The second half opened with neither team able to score in the third quarter.

The Eagles then took over halfway through the fourth quarter and managed to drive down to the Chilton County 2-yard line before the Tigers stiffened on fourth down and kept the Eagles out of the end zone.

On the very next play, the Eagles, following the same script all night, brought pressure with the linebackers and sacked Keenum in the end zone for a safety to give Calera an 8-6 lead with minutes left to play.

Three stops by the CCHS defense following the punt after safety gave the Tigers the ball with 1:28 left to play, and no timeouts remaining.

For only the third time all night, the Tigers found an answer to Calera’s relentless pressure as Keenum hit Griffen Green for a 58-yard scoring strike with 47 seconds left in the contest, giving the Tigers a 14-8 lead.

Calera got the ball back, but the Tiger defense forced the fifth turnover of the night as Landon Powell picked off the Calera quarterback and secured the win.

The Tigers are in action next week as they travel to Jemison.