It was an unofficial game in Columbiana with a controlled format intended to give the teams – Childersburg & Shelby County – the chance to ease into the regular season by facing outside competition. The visiting Tigers took the decision, 20 to 14.
Last season’s down-the-stretch strength was the Childersburg offense. It didn’t take long for the Tigers to pick up where they left off, marching 80-yards on 17-plays in a drive that included three key third down conversions. Quarterback Justin Tyler finished the job with a one-yard sneak.
In the second quarter, a promising Wildcat drive was stopped at the Tiger 29-yard line with an interception. In six plays, Childersburg found the end zone again as Jelan Kidd went around right end for the score from the 6-yard line. That gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead heading to halftime.
To open the second half, Shelby County returned the favor, turning an interception into a score. Greg Oliver picked off the pass, then capped a 14-play drive with a 4-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-6 following a failed 2-point conversion.
The Wildcats used a similar format in the next game sequence. A Tyrese Goodwin sack put the Shelby County offense back on the field, and that led to a pair of Goodwin runs of 24 & 20-yards, the last one for a score that led to a 14-14 tie.
That didn’t hold for very long as Childersburg’s explosive offense was on display a few plays later. Xzavion Garrett streaked 80-yards down the sideline for the deciding score.
Elsewhere in the Greater Coosa Valley, Fayetteville fells, 46 to 7 against T.C. Central; Winterboro beat Keith, 21 to 14; Sylacauga whipped Chilton County, 42 to 26; B.B. Comer fell to Horseshoe Bend, 34 to 10, Vincent beat Pleasant Valley, 14-13; and Coosa Valley Academy fell to Chambers Academy, 45 to 0.
Childersburg officially opens the new season on Friday, 9/1 at Pell City High School’s Pete Rich Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.