Cleburne County completed a busy final week of summer football work by finishing as runner-up in Piedmont’s 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday. Head football coach Michael Shortt said the Tigers had done some 7-on-7 earlier but not in a competitive environment.
“I wanted to see how we competed. I wanted to see how our old guys competed with our young guys and how they interacted with each other chemistry-wise. That’s what I look for in those kinds of things,” Shortt said. “What it was for us was the perfect ending to a really good summer.”
Cleburne County went undefeated in pool play to finish first in its pool. The Tigers opened with a 19-6 victory over Coosa Christian. Next, they downed Sand Rock 14-12. A 13-12 win over Anniston completed pool play.
The Tigers defeated Anniston’s ‘B’ team 7-0 in the first round of the single-elimination championship bracket then downed Jacksonville 19-13 in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Cleburne County edged host and defending Class 3A state champion Piedmont 16-15. On the final two plays of that game, senior quarterback Brock Swafford and junior wide receiver Isavia Brown combined for a touchdown and a game-winning 2-point conversion. The final throw led Brown to the outside as he headed toward the back corner of the end zone.
“When somebody can throw that pass it’s impossible to defend,” Shortt said.” It was a beautifully thrown ball, a well-executed play.”
The final two catches were just two of a number of outstanding plays by Brown.
“He had a great day…
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