The Macon County Tigers got their first win of the 2019 season this past Friday night.
They defeated Mount Juliet Christian by a score of 55-7.
The Saints took the opening kick-off right down the field and looked poised to take the lead but Senior Isaac Belton had an interception on the Tiger goal line. Macon would march down and score on an Ethan Jenkins 37 yard run and Ryan Underwood PAT to lead 7-0. Belton would score on a four yard run just three minutes later. Underwood made the PAT and Macon led 14-0 with 2:39 left in the first period.
The Tiger defense, which has played well in all three games this season, would get a forty yard pick-six by Jenkins to score again. Underwood converts and Macon leads 21-0 with 2:23 left in the opening period. The Tigers got the ball back once again and Cameron Houston scored on a four yard run. A busy Underwood made his fourth PAT of the period and Macon led 28-0 after the first fifteen minutes. Whew!
Following a Saint four-and-out Tiger quarterback Jon Mark Gammons hit Cameron Mercer on a 32 yard fade for a touchdown. Underwood converts and Macon led 35-0 with 11:28 to go in the half. Then with 3:52 left in the half Gammons would hit Houston with a five yard pass for another score. Underwood makes his sixth PAT of the half and Macon led 42-0 at the break.
In high school football after a team gets a 35 point lead, in the second half, there is a running clock. With the large lead Tiger Coach Shoulders started sprinkling in his junior varsity early. Houston would get another defensive pick-six for the Tigers. Back-up kicker Brady Flores missed his first PAT and Macon led 48-0 at the 2:31 mark of the third quarter.
Following a Saint score the Tiger offense marched down the field and Ty Lowhorn was rewarded with a one yard score. Flores made his second PAT attempt. Macon wins this game by a final score of 55-7.
Jon Mark Gammons was 4 for 4 for 64 yards passing and two touchdowns and one rush for 9 yards. Back-up Braydee Brooks was 1 for 1 for 17 yards.
Ethan Jenkins led all rushers with 68 yards on three carries and a TD with one reception for nine yards. Ty Lowhorn had 60 yards on three carries with a TD while Cameron Houston had 39 yards on 6 carries. Dylan Chupp had 48 yards on two carries, Nate Green had 19 yards on four carries, Isaac Belton had 12 yards on three carries, Logan Whittemore had six yards on two carries and Rawley Ritchie had two yards on one carry.
Cameron Mercer had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Landon Whittemore caught one pass for 17 yards and Cameron Houston caught one pass for five yards.
Curtis Oliver and Austin Robinson led all tacklers with seven each. Belton and Landon Whittemore had five and Dawson Long had four.
This week the Tigers will face Glencliff High School (0-3) for homecoming at Pat Parker Memorial Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 pm.
(Photos by Julie Collins)