AHSAA spring football jamboree
At Burgess/Snow Stadium - Jacksonville State University:
Good Hope 0 14 0 7 - 21
Cleburne Co 0 0 0 0 - 0
GH - Matt Schwaiger 40 run (Devin Moody kick) 9:09 in 2nd
GH - Matt Dixon 1 run (Moody kick) 0:31 in 2nd
GH - 2-yard run (Moody kick) 2:12 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: During Saturday's game, Good Hope coach Alan Scott pointed out to Sportspage the Raiders would need to finish.
After the Raiders missed a short range field goal following a solid opening drive, they took Scott's message in tact and carried out their assignments the rest of the way.
Good Hope's defense held Cleburne County to 106 yards total offense and three first downs for the game. The Tigers gained only 14 yards after the first quarter and never got the ball inside the Good Hope 15 the entire day.
The Raiders forced three turnovers, collecting two interceptions and recovering a fumble at the Good Hope 19, a play after they had a mishandled snap on a play from the shotgun formation.
Veteran running back Matt Dixon let it be know the Raiders were ready to enjoy their visit to Jacksonville State's campus when he took the first play from scrimmage and rambled 34 yards to the Cleburne County 34. The drive reached the Tigers' six, then was dropped back to the 11 for a false start and a one-yard loss on a running play.
A field goal try missed from 29 yards away. The game was scoreless after the first.
But in the second, Good Hope took advantage of field position when Jared Pugh had an interception at the Raider 45. Several plays later, Schwaiger executed an option by racing 40 yards down the left sideline for the score and a 7-0 Good Hope lead.
An interception from by Isiah Green gave the Raiders the ball at their 37 with 2:49 to go in the half. A 49-yard pass from Bailey Quick to Matt Hancock got the Raiders in striking distance of the Cleburne County end zone.
Quick ran for 15 yards on a keeper and one-yard run by Dixon completed the drive. Moody followed with the conversion as the Raiders led 14-0 at the half, dominating the line of scrimmage by total offense margin of 235 to 66.
The pace slowed down in the second half with both schools inserting young personnel to get the excitement of playing in a collegiate stadium.
After stopping the Tigers on downs at the Cleburne 45 with 9:39 left, the Raiders would move it downfield on steady running and score their last TD with 2:12 to play.
Good Hope finished with 270 yards offense, 197 from the run, 73 passing, nine first downs.
Cleburne County gained 81 yards rushing, 25 passing and managed three first downs, all in the second quarter.
Dixon accounted for 65 yards rushing in two quarters, Quick added 39 yards on the ground and 73 in the air for 112 combined. Hancock gathered in two passes, covering 57 yards.
Up next for Good Hope: At Carbon Hill in 2018 opener August 24.
Photo 1: Good Hope defense plays well Saturday, allowing Cleburne Co 106 total yards.
Photo 2: Good Hope's Devin Moody attempts 29-yard FG on 1st drive of the game.
Photo 3: Good Hope coach Alan Scott with Joshua Shikle (23) on the sidelines.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.