By Tim Case
On Thursday September 2 the MCJH traveled to Smithville to take on the DeKalb Middle School Saints. The Tigers got back on a winning track by defeating the Saints 22-0.
The Tigers kicked off first and forced a punt after a three and out. The Tigers scored on their first possession driving 62 yards in four plays. Tanner Lowhorn caps the drive with a 39 yard TD run, the two point conversion attempt failed and the Tigers led 6-0. With 2:55 to go in the 2nd quarter, Chris Mickle scored on a two yard fullback dive to end a 64 yard seven play drive. Grace connects with Lowhorn for the two point conversion and the Tigers led at the half 14-0.
Much of the 2nd half was a defensive battle for both teams. Late in the fourth, the Saints had the ball 1st and goal at the four. With 1:21 to go in the game Grace intercepts Joey Moons’ pass in the endzone. On the next offensive play for the Tigers, Lowhorn rips off an 80 yard run up the middle and seals the win for the Tigers. Grace connects with Pemberton for the two point conversion and the Tigers win 22-0.
The statistics for the game are listed as follows: Grace as 0 for 1 passing. Mickle 8 rushes 33 yards 1 TD, Lowhorn 6 rushes 154 yards 2 TD, Grace 6 rushes 26 yards, Carman 5 rushes 35 yards. The Tigers piled up 248 yards of offense while holding the Saints to 57 yards. Defensively Lowhorn lead all tacklers with 11. Mickle 8 tackles 1.5 sacks, Carman 5 tackles, Law 3 tackles ½ sack, Hewitt, Holland, Pemberton each with 2 Tackles, York 2 tackles 1 sack. Johns, Dyer, McPherson, Sullivan, Grace, and Shrum were credited with one tackle each.