Last week’s win sets up Friday’s home game with Munford as an early showdown for the role of favorite in Class 4A,
Region 5. Both the Tigers and the Lions are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in region contests.
To win, Cleburne County must find a way to contain Monteo Garrett, Munford’s dual-threat quarterback. Garrett passed for two touchdowns in Munford’s 27-6 win over Corner two weeks ago. In last week’s 37-12 win over Lincoln, Garrett had scoring runs of 85 yards, 61 yards, 15 yards and one yard and added a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Good field position aided Cleburne County early against Anniston. The Tigers moved 39 yards in six plays for their first touchdown and 37 yards in seven plays for their second score. Trey Bolton got both touchdowns, the first on a 6-yard run and the second from four yards out.
Quarterback Brady Padgett had runs of eight and 10 yards and completed a 9-yard pass to Christian Henson in the first drive.
An 11-yard run by Bolton and a pair of 8-yard pass completions by Padgett, one to Henson and one to Brandon Horn fueled the second scoring march. Anderson Jacks kicked both extra points and Cleburne County led 14-0 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Cleburne County moved 55 yards in five plays for its third touchdown. Henson, in at quarterback, did the honors with a 14-yard run. Bolton had runs of 25 yards and nine yards along the way. Jacks’ extra point attempt was good again. Anniston moved deep into Cleburne County territory late in the second quarter but an interception by Jeremiah McLeroy ended the threat and the Tigers led 21-0 at intermission.
Cleburne County extended its lead with a 12-play, 58-yard scoring drive to start the third quarter. Fullback Cole Corkren scored on a 4-yard run. Bolton ran for 13 yards and picked up another 13 yards with a reception on a flare route out of the backfield. Isaiah Ware added two 10-yard runs to the drive. The extra point attempt was blocked but Cleburne County led 27-0.
The ensuing kickoff pinned Anniston deep in Bulldog territory and a negative play on first down made things worse. On Anniston’s second snap, Geoffrey Teague tackled the Bulldogs’ quarterback in the end zone for a safety, pushing the Tigers’ lead to 29-0.
Anniston scored but Cleburne County answered with a 58-yard scoring drive in five plays. Ware scored on a 1-yard run. Horn had a 28-yard catch and Bolton ran for 12 yards.
Overall, the Tigers ran for 223 yards and passed for 118 while limiting Anniston to 90 yards on the ground and 65 through the air.
Bolton picked up 138 yards on 23 carries. Ware ran seven times for 34 yards. Henson had three carries at quarterback and gained 24 yards.
Padgett was 10-for-14 passing for 85 yards. In limited time under center, Henson was 2-for-4 for 33 yards.
Horn led the receivers with five catches for 54 yards. Jeremiah Blake, Henson and Bolton each nabbed two passes. Blake’s grabs were good for 30 yards, Henson’s 13 yards and Bolton’s 14 yards. McLeroy had one reception for seven yards.
On defense, Corkren led with eight tackles. Alex Sandmann and Griffin Turner each recorded seven tackles. Teague’s safety was one of his six tackles. Ware made five stops in the secondary. McLeroy and Matthew Morrow each had four tackles.