By Tim Case

  The MCHS Tigers traveled to Carthage Friday night to take on the Smith County Owls in a non-district rival game.  The Owls entered the game with a 5-0 record and the Tigers 2-2. 

  The Owls scored on their opening possession driving 58 yards in 8 plays as Scurlock connects with Carr for a 24 yard TD pass, the PAT was good and the Owls led 7-0.  The Tigers go 3 and out on their 1st possession and punt back to the owls.  88 yards and 6 plays later Jalen Manning finds the end zone with a 40 yard TD run.   PAT is good Owls led 14-0.  The Tigers 2nd possession was another 3 and out and punt back to the owls.  Carson Cook intercepted a Scurlock at the 2 yard line to stop the owls 3rd drive.  The Tigers gain one 1st down and are forced to punt again.  The owls drive 40 yard in 9 plays and Manning scores his 2nd TD from 6 yards out.  The PAT was good, owls led 21-0.  The Tigers put together a 7 play 63 yard drive to get on the board as Grace connects with Manning on a 14 yard TD pass. The PAT failed and the Tigers trailed 21-6.  Scurlock Throws his 2nd interception late in the 2nd quarter as Stephen Kowicki stepped in front of a screen pass and ran it back to the 8 yard line of the Owls.  Two plays later, Tyler Drown takes it in from four yards out. Grace adds the 2pt conversion on a QB sneak, and the Tigers trailed 21-14.  The Owls add a field goal as time expired to end the 1st half.  SC led 24-14. 

  Both defenses hold tough in the 3rd quarter with no points scored.  But SC scored first in the 4th quarter on a QB sneak by Scurlock to cap a 54 yard 8 play drive.  The PAT was good, Owls led 31-14.  Grace then finds Manning for a 39 yard TD pass to end a 63 yard 5 play drive.  Cook adds the PAT, MC trailed 31-21.  Late in the game SC drove 59 yards in 10 plays to put the game out of reach as Stevenson scored on a 6 yard TD run.  The PAT was good and the final Score was 38-21. 

  The Tigers fall to 2-3 on the season and remain 1-1 in district play.  The Tigers look to get back on track this Friday night as they host the Greenbrier Bobcats for a District 9AA match-up.  The Bobcats are 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in the district standings.  Come out and cheer the Tigers on to Victory and “I’ll see you at the game.”