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Tigers get big win over unbeaten Smith County

The Macon County High Tigers got a big rival win over the previously unbeaten Smith County Owls last Friday night at Pat Parker Memorial Field. It took overtime to get the victory.

Macon County took the ball down the field in the opening possession of the game and Eli Gammon connected on a 30 yard field goal. With 6:03 left in first quarter Macon led 3-0.

Both defenses were able to hold both offensive units in check for most of the game. However Smith County would take possession with 5:57 left in the half and march down to score on a 37 yard field goal by Javier Gaspar as time expired. So we head to the break tied 3-3.

Neither offense was able to make any serious threat until late in the game. Smith County would take possession around the seven minute mark in the fourth quarter and march down into the Tiger red zone. Gaspar would attempt a 32 yard field goal with 31 seconds left in the game to give the Owls the win, but it was wide right.

With a 3-3 score we get some free football and head to overtime.

Macon would get the ball first with four downs from the 10 yard line to score. On fourth and six Eli Gammon would hit his second field goal of 24 yards to make the score 6-3.

The Owls get it to fourth and four and the Tigers commit a penalty. On fourth down and needing only two yards to score, the Owls went for the win. Tiger Zach Borders gets an interception to seal the win. Final score in overtime, Macon County 6 Smith County 3.

For the game Luke Gammon was 4 of 7 passing for 20 yards and he rushed six times for 13 yards. Gabe Borders ran 14 times for 84 yards and had two catches for -5 yards. Tyler Gregory and Bradon Warren had four carries each for 18 and 10 yards respectively. Braylon Flowers had two catches for 25 yards.

Defensively the Tigers had another good game. Hunter Griggs led the way with nine tackles, two sacks and four of them for a lost yardage. Jo Jo Scott had eight, Gabe Borders seven, and Zach Borders, Dalton Slayton, and Bradon Warren each had six.

This Friday night the Tigers will make the trip east on I-40 to Crossville to take on region opponent Cumberland County. The kick-off against the Jets is scheduled for 7 pm CST.

(Photos by Julie Collins)