CLAY, Ala. -- After last week’s loss to Pell City, Huntsville faced an uphill battle to earn a playoff berth with only two Region games remaining, both on the road.
But the Huntsville’s players kept their heads up and kept their focus during practice. And Friday night, they pulled off a shocker with a 21-20 upset win over No. 2 Clay-Chalkville.
“I’m just super proud of our guys. I thought they played awfully hard against a very good football team,” Huntsville coach Scott Sharp said. “They lost a tough one last week but the guys have worked and rebounding from that just shows a lot about the character and courage we have in this group.
“...It’s a huge win for our program.”
Huntsville’s defense, led by linebacker Cameron Toney, forced three turnovers -- one for a touchdown and the other two that set up touchdowns. Toney finished with 15 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery.
“I know he’s still been hobbling a little bit with the ankle but I thought he played extremely hard and fought through it and did a heck of a job,” Sharp said. “...Can’t say enough about our defense. They’ve struggled at times this year and been in some tough situations but they showed out tonight.”
Sharp said Toney, who committed to Auburn in April, has been instrumental in providing leadership for their team this season.
“He’s our leader; there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “He’s a leader by his work. He’s a leader by his vocal. He’s just a great kid and the kind of guy we want leading our program.”
Auburn’s 1-6 start hasn’t affected how Toney feels about the Tigers. He’s staying in touch with a number of Auburn’s 18 commitments including linebacker Reuben Foster. They are both working to keep the group together.
“I’m still 100 percent,” he said. “...I’m talking to a lot of people. Reuben is keeping it down at Auburn. I think we’re going to have a special team on board.
“...They are still fighting like a family and the atmosphere down there is just like a family.”
Huntsville (5-3) plays at Gadsden City Friday.
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