The Tigers Win in 2 overtimes Friday night by beating the Yellow Jackets on the Creekbank in the season opener.
It was the Tigers 1st win over the Yellow Jackets since 2006, and the first win on the Creekbank since 2003.
The Jackets scored first on a 10 yard run by Zach Blackwell and Harrison added the PAT. 7-0 TC with 7:22 1st Qtr. The Tigers answered back with a 54 yard TD pass from Seth Carlisle to Tyler Carlisle. Brandon Noles added the PAT. 7-7, 5:42 1st Qtr. Kenyon Harper ran for a 50 yard TD in the 2nd qtr and Blackwell ran for a 9 yard TD in the 3rd qtr as the Jackets built a 21-7 lead. The Tigers roared back late in the 3rd as Seth Carlisle ran it in from 4 yards out. PAT failed, Tigers trailed 21-13. The Tiger defense stiffened and the offense marched 70 yards in 9 plays and scored on a Seth Carlisle 16 yd TD run. Carlisle then ran it in for the 2pt conversion to tie the game 21-21, with 6:58 left in the 4th. The Tiger “D” made a goal line stand late to send the game into overtime. With neither team able to score, the game went to a 2nd OT. The Tiger Defense made another great goal line stand and held the Jackets out. The Tigers won the game as Seth Carlisle ran it in from the 10 on the 1st offensive play. It was a great high school football game.
Coach Nathan Wilson said after the game, “This was a total team effort. I can’t pick out one player that stood out above the rest. They all made big plays with very few break downs or mistakes. Every player and coach has worked extremely hard to get here and I so proud of them and these fans that have supported us and cheered us on. I hope everybody in Macon County can make out to cheer us on next week when we take on Westmoreland.”
Passing: Seth Carlisle 5/14/98 yds 1TD 1INT. Rushing: Dale Turner 23/118yds, Seth Carlisle 20/107yds 3TD, Matt Austin 1/6yds, Jason Sewell 1/3yds, Tyler Carlisle 1/2yds. Receiving: Tyler Carlisle 2/86yds TD, Tanner Cleary 1/18yds. Tackles: Brandon Graves 8, Jessie Gregory and AJ Simpson 7 each, Tyler Swindle and Dale Turner 6 each, Matt Austin 5, Seth Carlisle and Jed Coley 4, Tanner Lowhorn and Marshall Avera 3, Gage Carr, Hunter Dyer, Logan grace 2 each and Trace McPherson 1. MC had 61 plays 334 total yards, 18 first downs and 1 turnover. TC had 60 plays 334 total yards,16 first downs and 2 turnovers. Kenyon Harper had 10/123 1TD and Zach Blackwell rushed for 22/126 and 2 TDs. Seth Holder was the leading tackler for the Jackets with 11.
The Tigers will host the Westmoreland Eagles this Friday night at Pat Parker Field at 7 pm. Join us on Saturday morning at Ruthie’s, just off the square, at 7 am for the Macon County Coach’s Breakfast. Last week the Eagles defeated Portland 19-0 in their season opener. Come out and support the Tigers and “I’ll see you at the game.”
Photos by Julie Collins