CCHS drops region opener to Briarwood

Published 9:14 am Saturday, September 9, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

After Chilton County High School cut the lead to 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers ran out of steam in the fourth quarter and fell 28-10 to Briarwood Christian Academy on Sept. 8 at Tiger Stadium.

Two first-half turnovers by the Tigers were converted into touchdowns by Briarwood to give them a 14-0 lead at the halftime break. However, the third quarter was a different story on offense for the Tigers.

“The offense came out in the second half executing, and we were able to cut into the lead and felt good going into the fourth quarter,” CCHS head coach Marvin Morton said. “We are just having to play a complete game. We had some mistakes that Briarwood took advantage of, and playing in our region you cannot give opportunities away. Our boys did play hard, never quit and competed through the adversity in the game.”

CCHS came out with great energy in the second half and quarterback Logan Coppedge found tight end Hunter Ousley for a 16-yard score to cut the lead in half. Coppedge was 15-for-28 for 150 yards, and Ousley caught three passes for 31 yards. D.J. Jackson led the Tigers rushing attack with 63 yards on 17 carries.

Senior kicker Jorge Castillo converted a 35-yard field goal to shrink the lead to 14-10 after three quarters.

The Tigers’ defense had standout performers including D.J. Caffee who recorded 15 tackles and assisted on five more to lead CCHS. Donte Franklin had 10 tackles and a sack, and Justin Godwin had eight tackles and forced a fumble.

Briarwood punched in two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Morton said the buy in is there from his players, and he saw some positives from the game tonight to take into next week.

“Our young guys are growing throughout the season, and it is just going to take some time,” Morton said. “I have 100% confidence in this team, and their willingness to turn it around will take us far.”

Chilton County (1-2) travels to Helena High School on Sept. 15 in their next AHSAA Class 6A Region 3 matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.