Cedar Bluff overcomes tough week, claims second true Class 1A, Region 6 championship

October 23, 2016 - garden totes

CEDAR BLUFF – Cedar Bluff youth Isaiha Jones is building a knack for entrance adult large for a Tigers in a purchase situations.

In final year’s state quarterfinal playoff diversion during Wadley, it was his 19-yard touchdown squeeze with 4.1 seconds left in a dilemma of a finish section that sent a Tigers to a semifinals.

On Friday night, Jones played a opposite purpose for No. 7 Cedar Bluff in a Region 6 championship conflict during home opposite third-ranked Spring Garden: quarterback.

The Tigers strictly schooled on Monday that former starting quarterback Josh Decker had motionless to leave a group and transfer, and with a segment championship during stake, Cedar Bluff conduct manager Jonathan McWhorter motionless to separate Friday’s signal-calling duties between beginner Luke Hampton and Jones.

It incited out that preference worked out flattering good for them.

Jones ran for 260 yards on 20 carries and scored 4 touchdowns, though his biggest run of a night came on a fourth-and-1 during a Spring Garden 7-yard line with 1:09 left to play. He dashed for 5 yards to collect adult a initial down, enabling a Tigers to run out a time in their 29-24 victory.

“We had to overcome a lot of adversity this week,” Jones said. “Nobody unequivocally believed we could do it solely a team. When we’re doubted, that’s when we play a best. I’m usually blissful Coach Mac (McWhorter) believed in me to get a initial down.”

Just about everybody during L.D. Bruce Field knew whose hands a round would be in during that situation, and it was usually wise after a diversion Jones had.

“If we can’t get a yard there, afterwards we don’t merit to have it (the win),” McWhorter said. “Our guys belligerent it out, and we were means to run a time out.”

Not usually did a win give a Tigers (7-2, 6-0) their second true segment championship for a initial time during McWhorter’s tenure, it also cumulative a first-round home playoff diversion opposite Berry of Fayette (5-4) on Nov. 4.

“Dealing with as many injuries as we’ve had this year, and traffic with some severe things, I’m usually so unapproachable a kids have stayed focused and continued to work hard. we can’t contend adequate about them,” McWhorter said. “We had a good week of practice. As coaches, we can ready them, though when it comes down to entrance out here and doing it, they have to perform. They did all we asked them to do. This was unequivocally them tonight. They came out and wanted it and warranted a segment championship.”

Region runner-up Spring Garden (8-1, 5-1) also warranted a home playoff diversion opposite South Lamar (6-3), though Panther conduct manager Jason Howard would have desired for his group to have tasted a initial segment championship in propagandize history.

“There were large plays all night,” Howard said. “We get a touchdown taken off a house on a chastisement and we don’t score. Their invulnerability stairs adult and stops us during a one. On that final drive, we usually couldn’t get a stop. (We had) a lot of things that could have, should have (happened), though that’s a approach a segment championship diversion should be played. I’d rather us come out on top, though a boys fought hard.”

Jones determined his participation fast in a initial quarter. On a third play of a game, he bolted down a margin for a 73-yard touchdown. Junior Nate Tomey’s additional indicate gave Cedar Bluff a 7-0 lead.

The Panthers answered with an 8-play, 53-yard expostulate in that comparison quarterback Ben Ivey bolted adult a center for a 5-yard touchdown run. Senior tailback Dakota Lambert ran in for a 2-point conversion, giving Spring Garden an 8-7 advantage with 6:56 remaining in a initial quarter.

Ivey led Spring Garden 175 yards on 23 carries and dual touchdowns. He also finished 5-of-9 pass attempts for 53 yards and another score.

“He played genuine well,” Howard pronounced of his quarterback. “The disproportion is he played 4 buliding tonight instead of personification 2 ½. He did what we approaching him to do. we was unapproachable of him, and a line played good also.”

Jones, along with sophomore tailback Ivory Starr, accounted for all a yards on a expostulate that began in a final notation of a initial quarter, that was extended roughly mid by a second. Jones capped a 12-play, 77-yard impetus with his second measure – this one from dual yards out. He also ran in a 2-point conversion, putting a Tigers behind on tip 15-8 with 7:38 remaining in a initial half.

The Panthers gathering down inside a Tiger 5-yard line on their indirect possession, though Ivey was stopped one yard brief of a finish section on a fourth-and-goal, branch a round over on downs. Cedar Bluff managed to get into Spring Garden territory, though ran out of time with a initial half measure staying during 15-8 Tigers.

Cedar Bluff extended a lead after forcing a Panthers to punt on their initial possession of a second half. Jones struck for a 52-yard touchdown run, putting a Tigers in front 21-8 with 10:21 left in a third quarter.

Desperately wanting a score, a Panthers got usually that on their subsequent possession. Ivey capped a 5-play, 52-yard expostulate with his 9-yard touchdown toss to youth separate finish Dylan Rogers. Lambert took a representation from Ivey on a 2-point conversion, bringing Spring Garden within 5 points during 21-16.

The Panther invulnerability forced Cedar Bluff to punt, and a offense punched it in to put Spring Garden behind out in front. Ivey scored on a 22-yard run, and Lambert’s 2-point pass to comparison receiver Joe Rogers gave a Panthers a 24-21 lead with 1:23 left in a third quarter.

But Cedar Bluff countered again – this time on a 4-yard touchdown run by Jones usually 6 seconds into a fourth quarter. He also ran in a 2-point acclimatisation to give a Tigers a 29-24 advantage.

Spring Garden seemed as if it would compare a Tiger touchdown again, though Ivey was sacked on a fourth-down play during a Tiger 26, branch a round to Cedar Bluff with 7:12 left in a game.

Jones and Starr took caring of things from there, eventually using out a time for a Tigers.

“We had a large chip on a shoulder since everybody counted us out,” pronounced Starr, who ran for 166 yards on 29 totes. “Everybody on this football group believed in ourselves, and that’s what helped us get a ‘W.’”

Senior fullback Quintin Downey delivered 54 yards on 9 carries for a Panthers. Lambert combined 32 yards on 8 carries.

Spring Garden hosts Class 3A Pleasant Valley on Friday. Cedar Bluff closes out a unchanging deteriorate during Sand Rock.

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