This is the first time the Tigers have defeated the Aggies since the 2006 season.
“What a ball game,” Childersburg head coach Adam Fossett said. “We played pretty rough in the first half. We made some huge mistakes and let them get a big lead. We did some things that just weren’t good. Halftime we talked and made a few adjustments. I told them the offense at halftime that we are going to have to win the game. We couldn’t get the running game going , but we could throw the ball around pretty well. Defensively we were getting blown off the ball, they were doing what they wanted to do. The game plan in the second half was they were trying to run the clock out and limit our possessions. We had to take advantage of every possession we got, because we knew they were going to be limited and we were able to score. “
Isaiah Brown gave the Aggies a 30-20 with a 70 yard interception return for a touchdown with 9:46 left in the game.
The Tigers responded on their next drive. A personal foul penalty on the Aggies gave Childersburg the football at the Sylacauga 41 yard line. Wilkerson came in for starting quarterback Zack Lightsey who was injured in the previous drive. Wilkerson had runs of 11, 7, 5 and 9 yards to set up first and goal from the 9 yard line. A personal foul on the Aggies moved the football to the 5 yard line. Wilkerson went in untouched on the next play to make it 30-20 with 7:12 left in the game.
The Tigers defense came to life as they forced Sylacauga to a three and out. A short punt gave Childersburg the football at the Aggies 25 yard line. Kendarius Calhoun had a 13 yard gain on third down to give the Tigers the football at the 11 yard line. On the next play, Lightsey found Wilkerson in the right corner of the endzone for a touchdown. The duo got together again on the two point conversion to cut the lead down to 30-28 with 4:43 left.
The Aggies got the ball back on their 18 yard line. Ian Floyd had runs of 9 and 16 yards to get the 38 yard line. The Tigers defense stopped Hunter Johns on third and seven, which forced Sylacauga to punt.
The Tigers took over at their 36 yard line with 2:14 left in the game. Lightsey connected with Calhoun for a 12 yard gain to the 48 yard line. On third down and 10 from the 48, Lightsey found Tim Tilley for a 13 yard gain down to the Sylacauga 36 yard line. A penalty on first down backed the Tigers back to the 41 yard line. On the next play, Lightsey’s pass bounced out of the hands of Sylacauga’s Montel McGhee who could have had the game saving interception in the hand of Wilkerson who caught the ball and sprinted into the end zone for the touchdown. The pat was good to give Childersburg a 35-30 lead.
“The quarterback threw the pass and it was instinct,” Wilkerson said. “I saw the ball, I saw an open field and I saw a touchdown, so I took it. I ran and I ran. “
The Aggies had a time for one last drive, but Johns pass was picked off.
“Hats off to Childersburg, ”Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, we knew it was one of their better teams. They have a good staff and they are over there doing good things. You have a team 30-14 and you find a way to give it away. I am not going to take anything away from Childersburg , they earned . They played hard and they found a way to win at the end.”
The Aggies had everything go their way for much of the game . They scored off a turnover off Childersburg turnover on their opening possession. John Shannon kicked a 25 yard fieldgoal to make it 3-0.
Johns connected with Keith Pitts for a 68 yard touchdown down the right sideline to give the Aggies a 10-0 lead.
Wilkerson had five touchdowns on the night. His first score was a 15 yards reception in the second quarter to make it 10-7. He had a 78 yard touchdown in the third quarter which helped the Tigers cut Sylacauga lead down to 23-14 and helped set up the late game dramatics.