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Tigers Fall to Elbert County 32-20

The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season Friday night against the Elbert County
Blue Devils. The Tigers came into the game ranked 5th in Class A Division II and the Blue
Devils were ranked 10th in Class A Division I. The Tigers had to play a good clean game of
football to compete with the Blue Devils who are a quality team in the upper class A division.

Unfortunately, the Tigers were not able to play good enough to keep their undefeated season
alive. Their record now falls to 3-1 on the season, and Elbert continues their undefeated season
with a record of 4-0.

The Tigers won the toss and elected to kickoff to start the game. The Tiger defense has
been a staple to the Tigers success this season, and they showed why on the third play of the
drive. The Blue Devils were third down and nine to go, and their quarterback scrambled out of
the pocket to save time. He rolled to his left, and let the ball fly. Bryson Porter picked off the ball
and took it 59 yards for the Tigers first touchdown of the game and a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers kicked off again, and again the Tiger defense stepped onto the field. The Blue
Devils put together 10 plays and 28 yards of offense when they found themselves in a fourth
down and seven situation. Elbert decided to go for it on the Tigers 33 yard line, but a false start
would push them back five yards making it fourth down and 12 to go on the Tigers 38 yard line.
The Blue Devil quarterback would throw an incompletion and send the Tigers offense onto the
field for the first time of the night.

The first play would be an incompletion, and Andrew Meech would find Desmond Cofer
for an 8 yard pass on the second play. Cofer would run for 12 yards on the third down play to
pick up a Tiger offense first down, but the Tigers would be forced to punt on their next set of
downs after three more runs. Nick Harkins would pin the Blue Devils deep into their own
territory with a 24 yard punt to the Elbert County 12 yard line. The Tigers defense would hold
the Blue Devils again on their next drive, forcing a punt after six plays.

The Tigers offense took over on the Tigers 30 yard line, and were forced to punt with 9:32
remaining in the second quarter. Tigers still ahead 7-0. Elbert was able to jump on the board with
a touchdown on their first play of the next drive on a 44 yard touchdown pass. They attempted a
two point conversion after the score, and they were successful to give the Blue Devils the lead 8-
7 and 8:59 left in the second quarter.

Elbert got the ball again with 5:26 to go in the first half, and threatened again. They started
their drive on their own 33 yard line and found themselves inside the Tigers 10 yard line after
seven plays. They got as close as the one yard line, but a holding penalty would back them up.
Elbert would not recover from the holding penalty, and would be forced to attempt a field goal.
The field goal would be blocked by Cofer, and Christian Dorsey returned the ball all the way
down to the 50 yard line. However, Dorsey was in the endzone at the point where he caught the
ball, and you can’t advance a kick fielded in the endzone according to high school rules.

This put the Tigers in possession of the ball at their own 20 yard line and 1:24 to go in the
first half. Meech would be sacked on the first play, which made Elbert use their first timeout of
the half. A dropped pass on the second play would stop the clock, and Elbert would use their
second timeout on the third play of the drive. The Tigers lined up to punt, and the snap was
handled awkwardly. Luckily, Harkins was able to get the kick away, but he wasn’t able to get a
good strike on it as it gave the Blue Devils great field position. The Blue Devils started their last
drive of the first half with 53 seconds to go, and the ball on the Tigers 33 yard line.

They were able to score on the 4 th play of the drive and 10 seconds left to take a 15-7 lead
into halftime. A lead that the Blue Devils would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Tamari Curry would receive the opening kickoff of the half for the Tigers and return it 24
yards to the Tigers 32 yard line. The Tigers were not able to get a first down in their first
possession of the second half. A fumble on the ensuing punt, recovered by Trevion Hall, would
give the Tigers the ball back at the Elbert County 41 yard line, and Curry would score on the
next play with a 41 yard scamper. The Tigers, down by two, elected to attempt a two-point
conversion. The conversion would come up short to make the score 15-13 Elbert and 9:56 left in
the third quarter.
Nick Harkins was able to force a fumble on the Blue Devils next possession, which was
recovered by Jacyle Hines. The Tigers took over possession of the ball at their own 37 yard line,
but were unable to put together a scoring drive.
Elbert scored on their next possession with a 7 play drive of 68 yards. With 5:50 left in the
third quarter, the score 22-13 Elbert. The Blue Devil kickoff was fielded by Curry at the Tiger 17
yard line, and he was able to make some magic in the form of an 83 yard kickoff return for a
touchdown to make the score 22-20 and 5:36 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers kicked back off to the Blue Devils who were able to score on a 71 yard drive of
11 plays to make the score 29-20 and 1:15 remaining in the third quarter. Heading into the fourth
quarter, the Tigers were showing some wear and tear with a lot of players playing both sides of
the ball. Elbert County was able to take advantage with fresh legs in the game. They commanded
the clock for the rest of the game with a powerful run game, and were able to knock in a 31 yard
field goal for their final score and a 32-20 victory over the Tigers.
Offensively Andrew Meech was 4 of 10 passing for 19 yards. Curry led the rushing attack
with 66 yards on 12 rushes and a touchdown. Desmond Cofer had 4 rushes for 36 yards, as well
as 2 receptions for 23 yards. Defensively Porter had a 59 yard pick six, and he also had two
tackles in the game. Dorsey led the team in tackles with 15 (9 solo). Harkins had 11 tackles (7
solo), and a forced fumbled. Quentin Cullars also had 11 tackles (7 solo), and a pass break up.
Cofer had 5 tackles (4 solo), 2 pass break ups, and a blocked field goal. Joseph Meyers had 8
tackles (5 solo), a tackle for loss, and a pass break up.
The Tigers remain ranked 5 th in Class A Division II, and Elbert also kept their 10 th rank in
Class A Division I. Other notable scores across the region were Commerce over Lincoln (2-2)
28-12, Harlem over Aquinas (3-1) 27-20, Warren (2-2) over Hancock Central 54-14, Oglethorpe
over Greene (3-2) 34-33, and Coosa over Towns (1-3) 31-14.
Up next the Tigers will play on the road at Hancock Central on Friday, September 23 at
7:30 pm.
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