It was also a bit ironic because Winterboro used to be his team. He was head coach there until taking the job at Childersburg, a larger school two years ago, and the game itself was one he scheduled when he coached at Winterboro. At game’s end Fossett got an ice water shower from his current players, and hugs from a number of his former players at Winterboro.
The Tigers did most of their damage in the first half, heading off the field at halftime with a 39-0 lead.
Childersburg had the ball four times in the first quarter and scored all four times. The Tigers’ Tylan Coleman returned the opening kickoff to the 45, Timothy Tilley got loose for a 33-yard run around the left side, and Kendarius Calhoun went around left tackle for 14 yards to score. Noah Smith kicked the first of four Points After Touchdowns from Hunter McCain’s hold for a 7-9 lead just 41 seconds after the game started.
Winterboro got off two plays before losing a fumble to Childersburg Kendarius Calhoun at the 20—yard line. Zachary Lightsey passed to Franklin Wilkerson for a touchdown on a 10-yard play.
Forcing a punt, Childersburg went into action again, driving 54 yards to score. Tilley’s 24-yard run highlighted the drive, with Keenon Baker picking up the final two yards to score.
Forcing another punt, the Tigers drove 45 yards to score, with a Lightsey pass to Wilkerson for 35 yards making it 26-0.
That momentum carried over into the second quarter. Stopping Winterboro on a fake punt at the Bulldogs’ 49, Childersburg used only two plays to score. The first was a pass to Tyler Jackson for 33 yards, and the second a pass to Tiley for 16 yards and the touchdown.
Sixteen seconds later Childersburg scored again when defender Benjamin Morris intercepted a Winterboro pass at the 18-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown.
The third quarter brought a layer of fog over much of the field and better luck to the home team. Winterboro recovered two Childersburg fumbles, limited the Tigers’ offense to a total of 5 yards, and put the Bulldogs’ only points of the night on the scoreboard.
A bouncing snap to Winterboro’s punter gave the Tigers a first-and-ten just 14 yards from the goal line, but Winterboro’s Detrica Gaddis recovered a fumble on Childersburg’s first play of the half. Unable to convert, Winterboro’s Cedric McKenzie punted long. Three plays later Deshawn Garrett forced and recovered a fumble at the Tigers’ 49-yard line. Winterboro quarterback Brady Wideman passed to McKenzie on a 51-yard play to score. Jutorrius Cook kicked the PAT from Colby Wheeler to give the home crowd something to cheer about.
The Bulldogs followed that up with a recovery on an on-sides kick and drove down to the 12 before losing a fumble to Childersburg early in the fourth quarter.
Childersburg mounted a final drive, covering 84 yards to score with 2:29 left in the game. Lightsey passed to Tilley for 20 yards to get things started, and a 32-yard run by Wilkerson took the ball down to the one. Baker went up the middle from there for the touchdown.
Childersburg rushed for 265 yards in the game and completed five of nine passes for 114 yards for a total offensive output of 379 yards. Of that, Childersburg had 297 yards in the first half.
Winterboro will pack up its football gear after a winless season, while Childersburg travels to Andalusia next week in the first round of the state playoffs.
Fossett said he was pleased some of his backup players got a chance to play.
“They made some mistakes,” he said. “They don’t get a lot of game reps, but they’re our future players and it was good for them to get some playing time.”
Fossett said winning the eight game this season was very important to his players, and now they have an opportunity to possibly win some more.
“It’s been a fun year,” he said. “We want it to last as long as it can.”