Tigers tame Bulldogs in final game of 2023

Published 10:05 am Saturday, November 4, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Chilton County High School ended their 2023 season on a high note beating Marbury High School on the road 53-18 on Nov. 3. D.J. Jackson led the Tigers with three rushing touchdowns and 245 rushing yards on the night. He also caught four passes for 91 yards.

The Tigers took their first possession for a score capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Jackson midway through the first quarter. An interception late in the first quarter set up Marbury inside Tigers’ territory, but the CCHS defense rose to the occasion and held the Bulldogs scoreless.

“I was proud of how the guys came out this last game, and being able to get that senior class a win in their last game is big for us,” CCHS head coach Marvin Morton said. “Some of our underclassmen stepped up tonight as well, I am just proud of the energy and effort these guys had tonight.”

Jorge Castillo extended the lead in the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal, and the Tigers’ defense forced a fumble at the midway point of the second quarter to stop another Marbury drive deep inside their territory. Quarterback Logan Coppedge helped engineer a 90-plus yard drive that ended with the sophomore punching it in from three yards out to send the Tigers into halftime up 17-0.

Coppedge was 14-for-21 through the air for 203 yards.

The second half featured a litany of scoring as Jackson added his second and third touchdown runs of the game, from 24 and two yards out, while Marbury got into the end zone for the first time to make it 31-6 CCHS after the third quarter.

Zakori Jackson and D.J. Caffey each had rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and Justin Godwin returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Jeremiah Pulliam had an interception in the second half as well.

Morton said when he looks back on this team, he will remember one word fondly.

“Their resiliency … We had our ups and downs throughout this whole season, and these guys kept showing up, and that has been our theme this season to just keep showing up and working,” Morton said. “This senior class stuck with it and showed the Chilton way of fighting through tough times, and those guys banded together at the right time for us.”

Chilton County ends their 2023 season with a 4-6 record.