SYLACAUGA – After Childersburg’s season-opening loss to Reeltown, head coach Adam Fossett wanted his team to rebound in a big way. He got exactly that Friday, as his Tigers crushed neighbor and rival B.B. Comer, 51-0.
With the win, Childersburg advanced to 1-1, while Comer fell to 0-1 on the season. Fossett said he was pleased with his team’s ability to bounce back and play a complete game.
“A good win for us,” Fossett said. “Good to get a feel for a win as we get ready to head into region play next week. Still a lot of things to work on, but we’ll enjoy this for 24 hours and then we’ll go to work on handling next week.”
Childersburg dominated in every facet of the game, scoring on offense, defense and special teams. Senior wide receiver Frank Wilkerson turned in 172 all-purpose yards, scoring on a 50-yard kickoff return, a 74-yard punt return and a 32-yard touchdown rush.
Offensively, senior quarterback Zack Lightsey led the way, scoring four separate times through the ground and air. Lightsey was done by halftime, scoring a 1-yard touchdown on the ground and going 9-of-11 for 143 passing yards and three touchdowns to two different receivers. He connected with junior receiver Tylan Coleman for two touchdowns of 17 and 25 yards, respectively. He also hit senior receiver Jarius Patterson for a 14-yard touchdown strike.
The defense was just as dominant as its offensive counterpart. The opportunistic Tigers defense capitalized on six fumbles — three of them turnovers — and two safeties to hold Comer to 98 total yards on the night. Childersburg also forced six punts.
The game was over by halftime: Childersburg scored 25 in the first quarter, widened their lead to 45-0 in the second quarter, and scored one more touchdown for good measure in the third quarter. Neither team threatened in the fourth quarter.
Lightsey shared his coach’s sentiments on his team’s rebound performance.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Lightsey said. “It definitely gets us back to where we should be. There’s always room for improvement. We need a hard week of practice, so we can do this next Friday.”
B.B. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said his players didn’t play the way he knows they can, blaming himself for their lack of preparation.
Jacks’ team struggled with maintaining control of the ball, fielding kickoffs — Comer started inside their 10 twice — and handling snaps.
“Give (Childersburg) credit, they sure did whip us up and down the field,” Jacks said. “But we sure did give them a lot of help.
“Region play starts next week,” Jacks continued. “We can do one of two things. We can lay down and try to get through the season, or we can go to work and try to get better.”
B.B. Comer will take on Prattville Christian next week, while Childersburg travels to Handley.
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