Helena shuts out Chilton County for first region win

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–A stellar defensive performance and solid offensive play helped lead Helena to its first region win of the season as the Huskies defeated Chilton County 20-0 on Friday, Sept. 8, at Husky Stadium.

The Helena defense kept the Tigers off the scoreboard and offensively Helena sophomore quarterback Luke Stamba was impressive in his first career start in place of injured starter Lawson Peoples.

Helena set the tone early as all 20 of the Huskies points came in the opening quarter.

On Helena’s opening drive, they faced a fourth-and-3 deep in Chilton County territory when running back Matthew Williams found a hole and sprinted 32-yards for the game’s first touchdown.

Leading 6-0, Helena was granted a gift late in the quarter on a bobbled snap to the Chilton County punter. Helena’s Christian Young recovered the ball and the Huskies took over on the Tigers’ 18-yard line.

Helena took advantage of the miscue as Stamba hit senior wide receiver Justin Stuckey over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown on the first play to extend the Huskies lead to 13-0.

Stamba would finish the game 12-for-25 with 187 yards and one touchdown.

On Chilton County’s next offensive possession, the Tigers coughed up the ball once again in their own territory as Helena’s Kopeland Rosser recovered the fumble at the Chilton County 42-yard line. Rosser also recorded an interception in the game.

After the fumble recovery, Williams once again broke off another nice run as he found a hole up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown run to make it 20-0.

Williams finished the game with 15 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Neither team would get on the scoreboard in the second half as both teams traded possessions. The 20-point lead would prove large enough for the Huskies as they held on for the 20-0 shutout win.

“We needed something good,” Helena head coach Watt Parker said after the game. “You know, we’ve had two tough weeks and two very quality opponents and Chilton is a very good opponent and they’ve got a lot of talent. We felt like we could compete with them a little bit better and I’m real proud of the guys coming out and doing their jobs very well and taking it very serious.”

Helena improved its overall record to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in region play. The Huskies will face its first road game of the season on Friday, Sept. 15, as Helena will travel to rival Pelham for a big region matchup early in the season.