Pair of teams open season, rest to join shortly

Published 4:53 pm Monday, August 22, 2016

Chilton County High School hung tough on the road against Sylacauga, but fell just short in the end and lost 28-20.

James Davis connected with fellow senior Keshawn Williams for a 13-yard scoring strike to one of the Tigers’ touchdown drives.

That fact that the seniors proved to be a factor in the game is something that Chilton County can continue to build on this season.

Jemison opened its season with a 47-13 defeat on the road against Bibb County.

The bright side for the Panthers was the playmaking of Eric Evans, who showed a dynamic ability with 175 rushing yards and accounted for both of the Panthers’ touchdowns.

Both teams resume the next installment of their rivalry on Thursday, as the Tigers play in front of their home fans for the first time this season.

Verbena played on Thursday in a preseason jamboree on the road against Montevallo.

The Red Devils were able to play a half of football before weather brought an early end to the game.

It was a difficult test for Verbena, as the Red Devils lost 27-7 to Montevallo, which entered the game ranked No. 7 in the Class 3A state poll.

Despite the lack of consistent production, head coach Mike Harris enjoyed the discipline that his team showed with no turnovers and a limited number of penalties.

According to Harris, quarterback Tristan Short and wide receiver Juwan Tyus have provided senior leadership and an added awareness on both sides of the ball.

“We can get what we want to achieve, but our intensity just has to pick up,” Harris said. “That should come with time.”

Verbena kicks off the 2016 regular season on the road against Isabella on Friday.