CCHS loses to Wetumpka

Published 9:17 am Friday, October 9, 2020

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By BRANDON SUMRALL/ Special to the Advertiser

COVID-19 restrictions and quarantined players dealt Chilton County High School a heavy hand on Oct. 8 as more than a dozen players were forced to watch the Tigers get handed a 49-14 defeat at the hands of the Wetumpka Indians.

The visiting Indians wasted little time flexing their offensive muscle as the opening play of the night saw a halfback pass from Wetumpka’s Brandon Bowman connect with Rudarius Anthony for a 65-yard touchdown. A quick three and out by the Tigers handed the ball back over to the Indians where 8 plays later, the Tigers would find themselves in an early 14-point deficit just midway through the first quarter.

The ensuing CCHS possession saw another quick three and out by the Tigers that would set Wetumpka up first and ten near midfield. Two plays later, Wetumpka running back Justin Crumbaugh would break loose for a 29-yard touchdown run that would make it 21-0 late in the first quarter.

A pair of first downs for CCHS on a pass from Sam Smith to James Grandison along with a run by Tramon Wright would move the Tigers across midfield on their ensuing possession, but the Chilton drive would stall at the Wetumpka 36- yard line where the Tigers would again be forced to punt.

A pair of scoreless possessions by both teams saw the Indians set up their next drive at their own 31-yard line where a seven play 69-yard scoring drive would end on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Robert Rose III to Bowman that would put Wetumpka up 28-0 with 3:56 to play in the half.

CCHS would show a little quick strike magic of their own with the ensuing possession as Demarcus Riddick would take one to the house for the Tigers with a 51-yard scamper that would make it 28-7.

The first half scoring was not over, however, CCHS as the Indians would answer right back with a one play 80-yard scoring drive on a pass connection from Rose to Taveres Murphy that would send the game to the half with Wetumpka holding a commanding 35-7 lead.

The tempo would slow greatly during the second half as much of the third quarter would pass before the Indians would find paydirt once again thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run by Rose. The Tigers would answer with a score of their own as Riddick would find the endzone for the second time on the night with a 35-yard touchdown run that would make the score 42-14 midway through the final quarter.

With a 3-yard touchdown run by the Indians on their ensuing possession with 7:28 to play, the game would move to its final score of 49-14 in favor of Wetumpka.

Riddick finished the night with 150 yards on 21 carries with a pair of touchdowns for the Tigers. Rose meanwhile led the Wetumpka offense with 185 yards through the air on 8 of 12 passing with two touchdowns.