Class 1A, No. 6 Cedar Bluff knocks off No. 8 Collinsville 26-14


 

After an excruciating back-and-forth game, the No. 6 Cedar Bluff Tigers walked away with a 26-14 victory over the eighth-ranked Collinsville Panthers on Friday night in a Class 1A, Region 7 “dog fight.”

“It’s a dog fight each year we play (Collinsville),” Cedar Bluff coach Jonathan McWhorter said. “I’m really proud of our kids, and we’re going to enjoy this win. Special kudos to the defense. They finished a second-half shutout.”

Collinsville put points on the board first with a seven-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a 47-yard pass from CJ Jones to Daniel Bradford to give the Panthers an early lead.

With 1:41 to go in the first, Cedar Bluff got a 10-yard touchdown run by D’Shawn Fife, but the PAT was wide to leave Collinsville ahead 7-6.

Fife earned his second touchdown of the game with 11:20 left in the first half on a 22-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed, and Cedar Bluff took the lead at 12-7.

Later in the second quarter and on a third-and-long, Collinsville caught a break with a pass interference call to move the Panthers to the 5-yard line. Jones tossed to DeShawn Moore for a 5-yard touchdown to give Collinsville a 14-12 lead.

But Cedar Bluff eventually responded as Alex Hairston caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Levi Mintz with 4:27 left in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 20-14 halftime lead.

With 3:26 left in the third quarter, Cedar Bluff got its final score of the night on a 1-yard run by Fife.

“They were physical,” Panthers coach Allen Beckett said. “We’re banged up. They stopped us from running the ball and we became tired. This game really lived up to the rivalry. It was a great and physical game, but I’m already thinking of (Spring Garden).”

Fife carried a total of 11 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns against Collinsville. Collinsville’s Jones was 13 of 26 passing for 220 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Cedar Bluff Tigers will host Donoho next week in another round of region play, while Collinsville hosts Spring Garden