By Tim Case
The MCHS Tigers looked very impressive in their season opener at home Friday night against 1A powerhouse Jo Byrns. In front of a capacity home crowd the Tigers flexed some 4A muscle as they blasted Jo Byrns 35-7.
The Tiger Offense took the opening possession and drove 71yds in 14 plays and took 8:02 off the clock. Shane Hesson got the Tigers’ first score of the season on a 3yrd TD run. Carson Cook added the extra point and Tigers led 7-0. The Tiger Defense was just as impressive forcing a three and out on the Red Devils first possession giving the ball back to the Tigers’ ball control clock eating offense. The Tigers second possession went 89 yards in eight plays took 3:07 and ended with a QB sneak by Dallas Grace from two yards out. Cooks’ PAT was good and the Tigers led 14-0 in the 2nd qtr. Jo Byrns’ 2nd possession ended as Sophomore Linebacker KJ Kitchens intercepted a Brandon Adkins pass. The Tiger offense then eats up 5:03 off the clock, as they march 61 yards in 9 plays. Grace capped the drive with a four yard run on an option play around the right end. That made the score 21-0 at halftime.
The Red Devils received the ball to start the 3rd qtr and picked up one 1st down and had to punt the ball. Twelve plays and 88 yards later Grace adds six more on a QB sneak from one yard out and Cook hits the PAT to make it 28-0. Senior Jessie Newberry scored on a seven yard carry to end a 56 yard 8 play drive in the 4th qtr. PAT is good by Cook. Jo Byrns gets on the board late to make the final score 35-7. After the Game Coach Pemberton said he was pleased with effort and hard work the team put into getting ready for this season. “We are going to get focused and go back to work Monday to get ready for Trousdale County.” The win came at a heavy price though, Senior left guard Jacob Anderson ended his season in the 1st qtr with a broken ankle. Coach Pemberton “I told Jacob tough times don’t last, tough men do. He’s worked hard and earned his place. He is still a leader on this team.”