Cedar Bluff beats Coosa 49-20


Cedar Bluff’s D’Andre Autry sacks Coosa’s Ben Mills, who was playing quarterback for the Conquerors on the play. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


 

Cedar Bluff’s 49-20 high school football victory over Coosa Christian in The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week had something for everybody.

The first three quarters largely were a defensive struggle, while the final quarter saw both offenses come to life, with six touchdowns between them. 

What’s more, the game may have seen the crowning of a pair of new stars.

Coosa’s junior quarterback Johnny Grizzard showed a flair for playmaking. For the night, he finished 19 for 32 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns to go with eight carries for 93 yards.

“Johnny is growing by leaps and bounds in confidence,” Coosa coach Scott Clifton said. “He’s gonna be real good next year.”

For Cedar Bluff, freshman running back Delontae Williams got his first start because D’Shawn Fife did not play. All he did was carry the ball 12 times for 155 yards and four touchdowns.

For the game, the Tigers gained 403 yards while the Conquerors piled up 290 yards.

Williams got Cedar Bluff (1-2, 1-2) on the board with a 4-yard run with 11:17 left until halftime. Wesley Richardson’s extra point made it 7-0.

The lead grew to 14-0 after Dalton Cosby hit Devante Dixon for a 5-yard touchdown pass with just :12 left until halftime to give the Tigers a 14-0 edge.

The third quarter is where things went sour for the Conquerors (0-3, 0-3).

“It comes down to numbers,” Clifton said. “They can run more guys out there. That’s what the game boiled down to, we just got tired.”

The lead grew to 28-0 by the start of the final quarter. Williams’ 3-yard run extended the lead to 21-0 with 6:16 left in the third. Cosby ran in a 20-yarder to push it to a four-touchdown advantage with 3:18 left in the quarter.

The third also saw Coosa fumble the ball four times, though it managed to cover each one.

“We’re still young and we still make mistakes,” Clifton said. “We still have to correct those things.”

An inteception by Caleb Sanderson led to a Grizzard touchdown pass of 14 yards to Ben Mills early in the fourth. The extra point was blocked to leave the score 28-6.

Williams countered with his second scoring run of the night on the next possession to make it 35-6 Tigers. Grizzard came back on the next drive with a 40-yard touchdown throw to his brother Wesley Grizzard. Johnny Grizzard ran in the two-point try to make it 35-14 with 5:48 to go in the game. 

The scores kept coming. Williams raced 68 yards for a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage to make it 42-14. Johnny Grizzard followed with a 12-yard scoring pass to Mills to cut it to 42-20 with 2:19 left. Williams finished the scoring with a 55-yard run with 1:11 left.

Cosby passed for 132 yards on 7 of 15 throws and rushed for 132 yards on 18 carries.

“They (Cedar Bluff) are a very good football team,” Clifton said. “For the first two quarters, we gave them everything they could handle.”

Coosa visits Spring Garden while Cedar Bluff hosts Jacksonville Christian in region play Friday.