By Tim Case
The Tigers hosted the Sycamore War Eagles in their first home district game on Friday September 16th. Sycamore entered the game with a 2-1 record having beaten Greenbrier in district action.
Sycamore received the ball to start the game. They drove 75 yards in 10 plays but the Tigers made a big goal line stand and got the ball back at their own five yard line. After a three and out the Tigers were forced to punt. The War Eagles punt it back to the Tigers after only 1 first down. The Tigers 2nd drive went 79 yards in 13 plays ending with a Grace to Manning 14 yard TD pass. Cook added the extra point. The Tigers led 7-0 with 6:38 2nd quarter. Grace intercepted Clanton on the ensuing possession but the Tigers were forced to punt after a couple of costly penalties. Manning intercepted Clanton again with only 2 seconds left on the clock to end the half. Tigers led 7-0.
The Tigers got the ball to start the second half but Grace was intercepted and the War Eagles got the ball near midfield. With 9:12 to go in the 3rd quarter Tamborella scored on a 25 yard run to tie the game at 7-7 after the PAT. The Tigers drive down to the 25 yard line of sycamore and turned it over again on a fumble. The MC defense held Sycamore to a three and out and the Tigers got it back at their own 27 after the punt. Macon drove to the 16 yard line but more penalties had the Tigers punting from the 41. Graces’ punt pinned Sycamore back at their own four. Sycamore Drove 96 yards in 18 plays to take the lead 14-7 with 1:42 remaining in the 4th quarter. The Tigers then drove 68 yards in 12 plays and with 13 seconds remaining Grace connects with Manning for a five yard TD pass. Tyler Drown adds the 2 point conversion on a fullback dive over the right side and the Tigers get the win 15-14.
The Tigers move to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the district standings. The Tigers Travel this week to Carthage to take on the Smith County Owls in “The Hole.” This will be a non-district rivalry game. The Tigers won last years’ meeting 20-0. Come out and cheer Tigers on to victory and “I’ll see you at the game.”