The Macon County High School Tigers beat the Meade County Green Wave this past Friday night by a final score of 20-13.
The Tigers improve their record to 7-2 on the season.
In the 1st quarter Michael Tirjan ran it in from 4 yards out with 4:44 left in the period. Joey Medrano made the PAT and the Tigers led 7-0. Meade County got the ball deep into Tiger territory but the Macon defense made a great stand to keep it a 7-0 game at the half.
Midway thru the 3rd period Seth Carlisle broke free and scored on an 84 yard run and the PAT was hooked left, so with 5:58 left Macon led 13-0. On the next Macon possession Carlisle hit Chris Oliver on a 25 yard fade for the score. Medrano’s kick made it 20-0. Following a come-apart by one of the assistant coaches from Meade County, which effectively ended a great scoring drive that was inside the Tiger 20 yard line, Macon took over on downs and with 5:25 left in the contest Macon started substituting. The Tigers fumbled and Meade scored from 39 yards out. With 4:23 left Macon still led 20-7. Following a successful recovery of an onside kick, Mead scored less than a minute later but missed the extra point to make it 20-13 and grab every ounce of momentum in the stadium. Macon was able to recover the next onside kick and inserted their starters. Carlisle would break free and run the ball down to the Meade 19 yard line where the Tigers ran out the clock to end the game. Final score Macon Co 20 Meade Co 13.
For the game Seth Carlisle was 11 of 19 passing for 94 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Rushing for Macon was: Tirjan carried 28 times for 124 yards and 1TD, Carlisle ran 14 for 195 and 1TD, Ryan Carver ran 2 for 8, and Eric Kuster ran 1 for 4 yards. Chris Oliver had 4 catches for 41 yards and 1TD, Braxton Crawford had 4 catches for 40 yards, Tanner Cleary had 2 for 8, and Dylan Butler had 1 for 5 yards. Dylan Butler led all tacklers with 9 solo tackles, followed by Tyler Swindle with 7, and Carlisle and Chase Whittemore with 5 each.
This week marked some milestones in the program as well. For what is believed to be the first time in the history of the program, Macon has two 1,000 yard rushers in the same backfield. Carlisle and Tirjan both went over 1,000 yards on the season against Meade County. Also this season, actually way back in the game against DeKalb in September, Seth Carlisle broke Michael Dallas’ career rushing record. Following the Meade game Carlisle has 3,772 career rushing yards nine games into his junior season.
Next week the Portland Panthers will come to town with serious post season plans. This game is important for the post-season and many Tiger fans will recall the trip to Portland last season and some sportsmanship issues with the Panthers at the end of the contest. Look for anything to happen at this game. It will also be senior night for the Class of 2017. So come out and support the Tigers, game time is scheduled for 7 pm.
Photo by Julie Collins