Luke Hampton

Cedar Bluff quarterback Luke Hampton dashes to the sideline during one of the Tigers' football scrimmages on Saturday at Jacksonville State University. Photo by Grant Benefield.

JACKSONVILLE – Despite stormy weather on Saturday, Cedar Bluff managed to play both of their scheduled football scrimmages in the Gridiron Challenge at Jacksonville State University. The Tigers split with Lynn (6-0 loss) and Fayetteville (8-6 win).

“I was really proud of the way the team dealt with a little adversity today,” Tiger head coach Jonathan McWhorter said. “We can’t control the weather, but we can control our attitude and effort, and I think the kids did a good job of that today.”

The Tigers’ lone score of the day would come against Fayetteville on a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Luke Hampton to receiver Dalton Richardson. Running back Isaiha Jones would rush in for the 2-point conversion.

Hampton looked sharp Saturday, completing 3-for-4 pass attempts for 56 passing yards and a touchdown.

Jones was the primary ball carrier for the Tigers, getting four touches for 19 yards. He also caught two passes for 43 yards, including a 40-yard catch down the sideline that set up the Tigers’ score.

Ivory Starr, one of the Tigers’ biggest offensive weapons, did not play on Saturday due to a minor injury.

“We’ve had a really good spring, but we have a long way to go,” McWhorter said. “One of our goals for the spring is to get a look at everyone, so now we know what we need to work on in the summer. Our kids know what it takes to be successful, so I think we’ll get to where we need to be.”

The Tigers open the 2017 season on Sept. 1 when they travel to North Sand Mountain.

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