On the very first drive of the game, Childersburg got on the board when Zack Lightsey connected with Justin Baker from 6 yards out. The PAT failed to make it 6-0.
Comer fumbled on their first chance to receive the kickoff. Kendarius Calhoun set Childersburg up for their next scoring drive with a long carry that was just short of a touchdown. Lightsey hit Frank Wilkerson for a touchdown to put the score at 12-0.
Childersburg head coach Adam Fossett felt like being up 12-0 with Comer having not even run an offensive play put his team in control.
“In the first quarter, we made some big plays, took the opening kickoff to probably the 50-yard line and two or three plays later we scored,” he said. “I thought we had a great game plan in place offensively and the coaches worked hard to put our players in the best situations. We had a great game plan in place and the kids came out and executed. The special teams played real well; we covered the field real well. We got a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. We got a fumble, we got the ball back and we scored off it. So, we scored 12 unanswered points right away. That’s a big shot in the arm for us and it’s tough to overcome for them. When you’re down 12 that early, you’ve got your back against the wall. We were kind of in the driver’s seat and continued to execute throughout the night.”
Comer fumbled the next kickoff and Childersburg took advantage of the turnover when Lightsey once again connected with Wilkerson, this time from 11-yards out. Again, the PAT failed to put the score at 18-0.
Lightsey fired another passing touchdown later in the first quarter, this one from 10-yards out and the PAT failed to make it 24-0 before the first quarter was even over.
“Our number one goal coming into the game was no turnovers and we blew that on the first play,” B.B. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “I think it was 24-0 and we had one offensive play. Stuff like that happens. You can’t win games like that. We’ve got to move on. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to look at the things that we’re doing as coaches. A silver lining is the kids played hard. We’ve just got to get on film and correct mistakes.”
After a 24-0 first quarter, the rest was merely window dressing. Childersburg added two more touchdowns in the second quarter and this time kicker Noah Smith was successful on both PATs to push their lead to 38-0.
Childersburg was able to give their younger offensive players a good deal of playing time in the second half, although they stayed with their starters for the most part to try to preserve the shutout.
“We put ourselves in a situation to get some younger guys some playing time in the second half,” Fossett said. “We put our first defense back in because we wanted to maintain that shutout. Defensively, I thought we played well. Jamel Lawson played well for us at the defensive end position. I was proud of how he played. Overall, it was a good night for us as a team. That’s what we’re looking for: we wanted to get better as a team in all three phases of the game and I felt like we did that.”
Comer threatened to score in the fourth quarter. Dylan McClure found some space and was able to get 15 yards on a carry. Later in the drive, Tyler Holmes connected with Jaylun Thomas for 12 yards. Holmes picked up 10 yards on a quarterback keeper. But just as the team gained momentum and was near field goal position, the drive faltered. On fourth down, the team lined up in an I-formation and Holmes handed off to McClure who then stopped and threw the ball with his intended receiver being Elijah Mickey. The Childersburg defense sniffed out the play, as Mickey was heavily covered and the pass was incomplete.
Once again, Comer was given an opportunity when they recovered a fumble at the Childersburg 36-yard line. But Lawson had a big tackle for a loss and Comer was unable to get anything going after that.
“It’s a rivalry game,” Jacks said. “We really want to win it. The kids are hurt right now because they know they didn’t play their best. The good thing is it’s not a region game. We’re still undefeated in region play. That starts next week. We can’t just sit here and wallow in our sorrows. We know we didn’t have our best night tonight. We know we’re a better team than what we showed tonight. We’ve got to come out and execute better.”