CHILDERSBURG -- The Talladega High School football team got off to fast start, which helped it defeat Childersburg 41-28 in Class 4A, Region 4 on Friday night.
For Talladega (2-1, 1-0), this was more than a win. The Tigers wanted to showed they are not the same team as in years past.
“People don’t respect us,” Talladega senior JQ Wilson said. “Coach (Ted) Darby says it all the time, people don’t respect us. Our goal this year is get respect. We want everybody to know that Talladega is not the same as the Talladega that they have been getting for the past 20-plus years. We are working for respect.”
Talladega scored three quick touchdowns against a Childersburg defense that hadn’t allowed a point in the first two games of the season.
Childersburg (2-1,0-1) didn’t have an answer for Talladega’s air attack. Talladega quarterback Nigel Scales threw for 241 yards and four touchdowns.
Three of his touchdowns came on consecutive passes. The sophomore connected with Wilson on passes of 44 and 60 yards. He also hit fellow sophomore Michael McGregor for a 46-yard score to increase the lead to 20-7.
Scales’ final touchdown of the half was a 3-yard strike to Chaztin Tanner to increase the advantage to 27-12.
Talladega put the game away in the third quarter, scoring twice in less than a minute to make it 41-12.
Childersburg scored two touchdowns and converted a pair of two-point conversions to make the final score respectable.
Four to know
- Wilson had 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The senior also added a 6-yard touchdown run.
-Terry Thomas was the lone bright spot for Childersburg. Thomas had 75-yard kickoff return and a 71-yard run for a score.
- D’Corian Wilson recovered fumbled and returned it 40-yard for a touchdown.
- Childersburg quarterback Austin Douglas left the game in third quarter with an injury and didn’t return. He was hit hard while scrambling by a pair of Talladega defenders.
Who said it
- Darby on the win: “It was a tough one, it was a hard-fought ball game. We did things that were good at times, and at times, we made some bone-headed plays. We just have to get back healthy and we have to get back to the drawing board. We have to correct our mistakes. Special teams are killing me, but we are going to get that corrected. I don’t know if we can count. We are supposed to have 11 in and we can get enough out. That bothers me. We’ve got to clean it up. I know it is the third ball game, but we have to clean it up. We have a heck of a ball team in Elmore County coming in next week.”
- Wilson on his three-touchdown performance: “My goal this week was to make (Daily Home) Player of the Week. I told my quarterback and my coach that I got you. I’m not going to have any dropped balls, none of that.”
- Talladega will host region foe Elmore County next Friday night at Mary Dumas Stadium.
- Childersburg travels to take on Holtville next Friday night.