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Chilton spoils THS comeback in OT

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee players stormed the field. A valiant comeback was complete. Well not quite. A yellow piece of laundry changed the Tigers' fate.

A penalty waived off Tyler Ellis' 10-yard scoring run. On the next play, an interception in the endzone gave Chilton County a 24-21 overtime win on Friday night in Clanton.

"It's a shame. You go from winning a ball game to losing. That's tough on the kids," Tallassee head coach Mike Battles said. "It's unfortunate because we played well enough to win. The kids gave great effort."

Tallassee trailed 14-0 at halftime but scored 21 unanswered to grab the lead in the fourth quarter.

"They came out and got life to them," said Battles. "The defense played well. We got our offense kicking. They're playing a lot better."

Lil' Josh Griffin got the Tigers on the scoreboard with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown. Cade Everson evened things up at 14-14 with an 84-yard jaunt late in the third quarter. A 4th-and-2 TD pass from Ellis to Josh Boatwright put the Tigers in front, 21-14.

Chilton County (3-3) answered with a 79-yard scoring drive to send it to overtime. The homestanding Tigers got a 24-yard field goal from Jorge Castillo that turned out to be the difference.

Tallassee (2-4) had 216 rushing yards and the advantage in total offense 247-215, but committed five turnovers to Chilton County's two.

The Tigers have lost four straight for the first time since 2015. A Battles-coached Tallassee team has never lost more than four in a row.

"We've got a lot of season left," said Battles. "This bunch is resilient. They're going to turn it around."

Tallassee returns to region play versus rival Elmore County in Eclectic this week. The game has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

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