Garrett leads the way as Munford rolls over Cherokee County
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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Munford's Tavon Lawson hauls in a long pass in front of Cherokee County's Natron Miller. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Munford's Tavon Lawson hauls in a long pass in front of Cherokee County's Natron Miller. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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JACKSONVILLE -- Munford entered Thursday’s game against Cherokee County having already clinched the Class 4A, Region 5 championship, but the Lions apparently aren’t taking their foot off the throttle.

Playing at Jacksonville State University’s football stadium, senior quarterback Monteo Garrett completed 8 of 16 passes for 154 yards and four touchdowns as Munford rolled to a 41-14 victory.

Munford (7-1, 6-0 in the region) still have a shot at finishing unbeaten in its region for the first time since 1992.

“I’m so proud of just what we’ve done this season,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “We’re still making some mistakes but we’re finding ways to win. No matter how many mistakes we make, we find a way to make some big time plays at the right moment.”

As for Garrett, he did as he has done every time he has been asked about his performance – he immediately passed the credit to various teammates.

“I’ve got faith in a lot of my guys,” Garrett said. “Before I come into the game, I tell them all the time I believe in them.”

Garrett showed Thursday how much he believes in junior wide receiver Cameron Turner. The duo connected on two touchdown passes, an 11-yard pass for the first score of the game and a 14-yard pass as the first half expired.

“I’ve been playing with Cameron since I was younger -- him and Tavon (Lawson),” Garrett said.

Garrett also found Lawson, a senior wide receiver, for a 25-yard touchdown pass. His final touchdown pass went to C.J. Chapman for 89 yards.

“He’s excellent,” coach Wagnon said about Garrett. “Great quarterbacks, the one thing about them, they can make something great out of nothing or a bad thing. That’s what he does. He had a great game tonight.”

The Lions’ defense managed three turnovers. Two senior defensive backs recorded interceptions -- Terrious Williams and Jay Scales. Williams’ interception was returned for a 15-yard touchdown. The Lions also recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter.

“That was big,” Wagnon said. “The defense has played awesome all year.”

The Lions’ final touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Charles Smith.

Cherokee County dropped to 2-5, including 1-4 in Region 5, but head coach Thomas Curry said does not see this season as a disappointment.

“Sometimes seasons aren’t measured by wins and losses,” he said. “It’s about how hard the kids try. Our kids get after it.”

The Warriors made a game out of it in the first half. After falling behind 14-0, J.T. Hill ran for 65 yards down to the Lions’ 5-yard line. That play set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Ty Green.

Michael Spurling added a 44-yard touchdown run.

“Playing Munford, they’ve got so much speed,” Curry said. “But, our kids played hard. We made mistakes but Munford is a good team.”

Munford returns to action next Friday as they look to sweep the region, hosting Anniston. The Warriors return to action next Friday on the road. They travel to Hokes Bluff.
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