Bibb County Choctaws Dismantle the Hale County Wildcats
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In week seven of the 2022 Alabama high school football season, the Bibb County Choctaws went on the road and decimated the Hale County Wildcats by a score of 49-6.
The Wildcats quickly went three-out on its first possession and the Choctaws responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive capped off by a three-yard touchdown run from running back Jaison Taylor.
Hale County immediately responded with a long drive of its own. A holding penalty on the Choctaw 10-yard line would set the Wildcats back and stall the momentum. On fourth and long, Bibb County forced Hale County quarterback Antwain Zinnerman to throw it away.
Bibb County quarterback John Downs found Ethan McMillan four plays later for a 49-yard touchdown, putting the Choctaws up 14-0.
Hale County pushed down the field once again with long runs by running back Jay Brown. The drive ultimately ended with Zinnerman throwing an interception to Bibb County's Colby Collums.
After exchanging punts, the Choctaws put its third touchdown on the board with 8:27 left in the half. Downs found wide receiver Chris Billingsley for a 15-yard touchdown pass, to give the Choctaws a 21-0 lead.
The Wildcats recorded a solid punt return to put them in prime position at midfield, but the Hale County center snapped the ball over Zinnerman's head and Bibb County recovered.
Downs connected with Billingsley again for a 31-yard touchdown pass putting the Choctaws up 28-0, with 7:35 left in the half.
Hale County committed another mistake in this game on its next drive as Zimmerman threw an interception, caught by Bibb County's CJ Morrow.
Bibb County found the end zone for the fifth time, as Downs handed the ball off to Taylor for his second touchdown of the game. The Choctaws went up 35-0 with 3:27 left in the half.
The Choctaws used a great punt to pin the Wildcats at the 10-yard line. Another high snap by the center led to a safety, extending the Bibb County lead to 37-0.
Downs connected with Billingsley on the next drive for his third touchdown of the night, putting the Choctaws up 43-0.
The Wildcats turned the ball over once again, giving the Choctaws another opportunity to score before halftime. Taylor earned his third touchdown of the night, making the score 49-0 before the half.
The rest of the game featured a running clock with Bibb County mainly using running back Jeremiah Jones to milk the clock.
Hale County finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run by junior running back Omad Witherspoon.
Bibb County comfortably ran out the clock to secure the 49-6 victory.
"You know I was really proud of how our kids came out and established who we are," said Bibb County head coach Matt Geohagan."We came out and played physical, we played fast, and we eliminated a lot of mistakes we have been making this season. I am really proud of how we responded after the loss to Andalusia."
Bibb County improves to 4-3 on the year. The Choctaws face Montevallo on the road next week.
"We are in the infancy of our program," said Hale County head coach Ryan Locke. "We do the right things, we keep building, we keep coming to work every day, we go to school, we care about our academics, we keep getting stronger in the weight room, and we learn how to practice the right way then we will be at the stage where Bibb County is."
Hale County drops to 2-4 on the year. The Wildcats face Dallas County on the road next week.