The Tigers scored three scores in the fourth quarter to overcome a 12-point deficit, then in overtime stepped up again, stopping the Warriors on fourth-and-goal just inside the 1-yard line. Tigers’ kicker David Jacks kicked the 20-yard game-winner three plays later.
Before the overtime excitement, tailback Trey Bolton got the fourth-quarter comeback started with a 24-yard run before Cleburne County added two more points with a safety to make the score 35-32 in Cherokee County’s favor. Midway through the final quarter, Bolton scored his third touchdown of the night, this one from 40 yards out to give Cleburne County a 38-35 lead.
However, with less than a minutes remaining, Cherokee County’s Eric Burgess hit a 32-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
The excitement didn’t start in the fourth quarter, however. After Cleburne County jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, Cherokee County took control of the game, scoring the next three touchdowns, from Marquese Walker, Darius Covington and Ty Green.
After the Tigers got a score from Josh Horn, from 25 yards out, and Jacks hit a field goal, it appeared the Cleburne County was closing the gap. Although Hill extended the Warriors lead with a touchdown run, Jacks hit a field goal to take the Tigers into the second half down 28-20.
Following the break, Cherokee County added seven more points after Dallas Cabe ran in a score from 56 yards out. All Cleburne County could muster before the fireworks in the fourth quarter was another field goal.
Warriors quarterback J.T. Hill finished the game with 65 yards on 8-of-12 passing and touchdown. Tailback Ty Green had 155 yards and a score on 20 carries.
Bolton led Cleburne County, rushing 26 times for 257 yards and three TDs.