By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The battle of Tipton County started off in the Munford Cougars’ favor.
In front of the home crowd in the Munford Football stadium, Chaz Hayes spotted the Cougars a 6-0 lead with a 26-yard TD run slightly more than 3 minutes into the game. But the Brighton Cardinals responded with athlete Malik Mathews. The Cardinal senior scored twice in the first half sparking his team to a 33-18 victory.
Trailing 6-0, Mathews broke loose for a 64-yard touchdown run on a fourth down and 1 yard situation.
Later in the first half, the Cardinal defense forced a fumble leading to a Mathews 9-yard TD scamper.
Brighton led 19-6 at halftime. The Cardinals increased their advantage to 26-6 in the third quarter.
Then the Cougars cut the deficit to 26-12. Brighton iced the game scoring to make its lead 33-12. One more Munford score made the final 33-18
Brighton will host Bolton next week to conclude the 2016 regular season. Meanwhile the Cougars will travel to Memphis to take on the Central Warriors next Friday.