There was no football practice for the Cleburne County Tigers on Wednesday. Fourteen Tigers missed Tuesday’s practice because of injuries or the flu. Just 21 of 56 varsity players were healthy enough to attend classes Wednesday and head coach Michael Shortt canceled practice. Shortt said Wednesday that no decision on practice today would be made until he saw how many players were available.
Cleburne County is scheduled to host Alexandria in a non-region game Friday at L.E. Bell Field.
“We’ve got a lot of people sick right now. We’re trying to take care of them but whoever goes out there will give a lot of effort,” Shortt said.
The Tigers fell to Class 5A, Region 4 foe Clay Central last Friday 41-6. The Volunteers scored the first five times they had the ball and led 21-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at the half. Two lost fumbles and a bobbled snap on a punt that led to a turnover on downs gave Clay Central the ball in Cleburne County territory three times.
Cleburne County’s touchdown came after both teams put their reserves on the field. The Tigers drove 67 yards and scored on a 1-yard sneak up the middle by quarterback Reese Morrison. Zane Farr had an 18-yard pass reception, Morrison a 10-yard run and Christian Seale a 10-yard run on the drive. On the extra point attempt, the ball never reached the tee.
Cleburne County was able to recover an onside kick but stalled at the Clay County 31-yard line. The Vols ran between the tackles twice then took a knee and the game ended.
A.J. Brown led Cleburne County in rushing with 46 yards on 11 carries. Seale ran 13 times for 39 yards. Morrison netted 22 yards on five carries.
“They put more people in there than we could block,” Shortt said. “That was the problem.”
Morrison was 2-for-6 passing for 25 yards. Brock Swafford was 3-for-10 for 12 yards with one interception. In addition to Farr’s 18-yard catch, Hunter Cavender had one grab for seven yards, Will Morrow one for six yards, Trevor Houston one for three yards and Mack Humphries one for three yards.
Lineman Chase Austin led in tackles with 11. Farr made nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Cade Smith and C.J. Higgins each recorded eight stops and Smith caused a fumble. Gage Harcrow and Micaiah Ross made seven tackles each. Brown, Landon Whitmore and Will Rollins had six tackles apiece. Houston had five stops. Grayham Cheatwood, Nick Dunston and Anthony Thompson each made four tackles.