Tigers thrash Panthers in rivalry matchup

Published 11:07 pm Thursday, August 25, 2022

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By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

Chilton County High School used a stellar first half performance from running back Rashard Childers to blank Jemison High School 50-0 on Aug. 25 at Tiger Stadium.

Childers amassed 116 yards in the first 24 minutes on 11 touches and punched in three Tiger scores.

“Rashard is a tough kid, and I was proud of him tonight for the way he ran the ball,” CCHS coach Marvin Morton said.

Childers got the Tigers started in the first quarter scoring from 34 yards out to make it 7-0 Tigers midway through the opening frame. Childers tripled the Tigers lead with a pair of two-yard touchdown runs later in the first quarter to make it 21-0 after one.

Childers scored on a nine-yard and one-yard run in the second half to give him five scores on the night. He finished the game with 149 yards rushing on 18 attempts.

While the Tigers offense was firing on all cylinders, their defense was equally impressive against the Panthers allowing less than 30 yards passing and not much room for the running game.

“The defense right now is creating opportunities through turnovers, and the guys are really putting a lot of focus on the football,” Morton said. “Whatever way we can get it, by pursuit or taking the ball away, has helped us these first two games.”

Jakobe Worthy and Jamon Dejarnett grabbed interceptions in the game for the Tigers defense.

Jemison’s Efrain Villeda was the leading rusher for the Panthers posting 70 yards on 12 carries.

Chilton County quarterback Cannon Miller went 17-for-26 in the game for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Miller found Jakeveon Bolding for a 15-yard touchdown connection in the second quarter and Dreshaun Binion for a nine-yard score in the third quarter.

Bolding caught a team-high five passes for 69 yards and a score, and Binion caught three passes for 45 yards and a score.

Parker Willis, Demarcus Riddick and Worthy each caught at least two passes in the game from Miller. Miller added 49 yards on four carries to his totals.

The only negative from the shutout win for the Tigers was the number of penalties in the first half. Chilton County was flagged for 13 penalties in the first half, but cut that number down drastically in the second half.

“We had a lot of penalties on our end, so that is something we will need to clean up going into next week,” Morton said. “Make sure we take care of those mistakes we had early on in the game, but I was happy with how they responded in the second half.”

Jorge Castillo added a 20-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to push the final tally to 50-0.

Chilton County (2-0) will travel to Briarwood Christian School on Sept. 2 for their next matchup at 7 p.m. Jemison (0-2) will travel to Marbury High School on the same day and time.

“I feel good going (into region play) … We have a tough Briarwood team next week,” Morton said. “We are going to focus and prepare for them next week, but I was pleased with our guys today with the way they played and stayed after it.”