CCHS falls to Sylacauga in lightning-delayed game

Published 12:30 am Saturday, September 1, 2018

By J.R. Tidwell / Editor

The Chilton County Tigers fell to Sylacauga 20-13 in a game that went late thanks to a two-plus hour lightning delay as a storm system rolled across Chilton County.

CCHS managed to kickoff to the Sylacauga Aggies plus two more plays before lightning in the area forced the game officials to suspend play.

Bolts of lightning at random intervals kept pushing back the restart of the contest until about 9:20 p.m. when the teams were finally able to retake the field.

It was around 9:35 p.m. when play finals resumed.

Sylacauga took the first snap of resumed play 26 yards into the end zone for the first score of the contest.

The point after gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead with 10:54 remaining in the opening quarter.

Chilton County could not get any momentum going on offense on the ensuing drive and were forced to punt.

Sylacauga capped its next drive with a 36-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-0 after the PAT with 7:08 left to go in the first quarter.

The Tigers were forced to punt again during their next drive, and the Aggies found themselves deep in CCHS territory once again.

However, a Sylacauga fumble was recovered by CCHS’ Cade Williams to stop the Aggies’ scoring threat.

Chilton County quarterback ShiKeem Laister found some room on the left side of the field deep in Tiger territory and made a run up the sideline all the way to the SHS 16-yard line.

CCHS was in the red zone but trailed Sylacauga 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers rallied throughout the rest of the contest but fell just short of a victory. CCHS falls to 0-2 on the season.

The Tigers will travel to play at Shelby County for the team’s region opener on Sept. 7.