IOLA — Sophomore quarterback McKeller Cook and sophomore receiver Ja’Brian Davis helped lead the Chilton Pirates to their first district win of the season, beating Iola 34-12 on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Cook and Davis connected on three touchdown passes.
“I am just grateful for [head coach Chris James] with the system that he has taught me to get us this far,” Cook said. “It’s one of those things where if you follow it good things will happen. It feels good getting that first district win so early this year.”
Chilton (5-2, 1-0) looked sluggish on offense out of the gate, turning the ball over on downs on its first possession, then coughing up a pair of fumbles to Iola on the next two drives.
Iola (3-5, 0-2) took advantage of the second turnover by getting the ball at the Chilton 4-yard line. A 3-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Spencer Quinlan gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead.
The Pirates’ offense got set up nicely on the next possession thanks to a 67-yard kickoff return by freshman Daylon Ford to the Iola 13. Chilton scored 57 seconds later as Cook dived into the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Chilton offense then scored on back-to-back possessions with Cook throwing a 30-yard TD pass to Davis followed by a 41-yarder for a 20-6 lead.
In the second half, Iola showed some life on defense by recovering a fumble at the Chilton 37. Iola junior quarterback Blake Driver connected with senior receiver Adam Crenshaw for a 7-yard TD pass to cut Chilton’s lead to 20-12.
But that’s as close as the Bulldogs would get. Chilton helped put away the game with a pair of
Iola has a bye next week, while Chilton will host Bremond.