Creswell Moves To 7-0, Crushes The Lakers 52-0 On Homecoming.

By: Cory Furlough
By: Cory Furlough

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The Creswell Tigers remained on top of the Tideland and remain perfect at 7-0 on the season as they crushed the Mattamuskeet Lakers at home Friday night to the delight of the large homecoming crowd.

The Tigers would win the coin toss and choose to kick off to start the game. From there the tone would be set to what type of night the Lakers were about to encounter. After just 3 plays the Tiger defense would have driven the Lakers back 6 yards toward their own goal and leave the visitors shaking their heads.

Facing a 4th and 16 deep in their own territory the Laker punter would kick the ball almost straight up into the air to every ones surprise. As players began to move away from the ball Tiger running back Tommy Cherry would come rushing in and catch the ball on a bounce to dart past the unsuspecting Lakers and scamper 24 yards to put the Tigers on the board early. The 2pt conversion would be good by Timelle Sawyer and with only 2:13 gone in the 1st the Tigers would be up 8-0.

Over the next few series both teams would make some offensive progress but each time the teams would be forced to punt. It was then that the Tigers would go to their trusted Power "T" formation to get yards the old fashioned way, nose to nose. Just 2 plays later Timelle Sawyer would follow his wall of blockers and pop out past the Laker defense to rush for 33 yards and another Tiger score. It was then that the Tiger defense would key off of the offense and find their stride toward the end of the first quarter.

From there the rest is history as the Tigers would sack the Laker quarterback 4 times in the game with 3 of those coming in the first half from defensive end Xavier Owens.

Overall the Tiger rushing attack would light up the stat sheet and total 416 yards on just 30 carries. Leading the Tiger rushing attack would be Jaquan Bryant who would dart for 152 yards on just 7 carries and add 2 touchdowns on the night. Fullback Tommy Cherry would add 126 yards on 9 carries and add 2 scores of his own on the night. Overall 6 different Tigers would score on the night either offensively or defensively,

The Tiger defense would shut down the Laker offense most of the night with many possessions ending in a 3 and out sequence. While almost all of the Tiger defenders would rack up stats in the tackle column a few stood out above the rest. They were safety/quarterback Davonte Phelps would would haul in 3 interceptions on the night to bring his season total to 5. The always dominating Tim Roughton would cause havoc all night to the Laker rushers and record 8 tackles on the night with 4 of those coming for losses. Xavier Owens would light up the Laker quarterbacks all night and record 4 sacks on the night with 3 of those coming in the first half. He would also add 7 tackles to the Tiger total for the game. Marchez Phelps would add 7 tackles, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery to the effort to round out the top performers. Other Tiger defenders bringing the pain to Coach Wayne Rodgers defense would be Andrew McNair from his outside linebacker position and Terry Levels who would bring in the 4th Tiger interception of the night and return it for a late touchdown.

When Tigers Coach Wayne Rodgers was asked how he felt his team performed on the night. "Overall we brought the game together late. The first half our minds were just not in the game but I accredit that to all of the homecoming festivities going on this week and at half time. Once that was behind us we were able to go to work and get back on track. We have a lot of young guys playing for us and tonight the guys on defense did a great job. We just need to build on this win and keep moving in the right direction."

The Tigers will have a bye week next week and will then look to get back to work when they travel to the Hurricanes of Cape Hatteras on October 23rd. Game time is slated for 7:30pm.

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  • by CHS Alumni on Oct 19, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Congradulations goes out to Steve Ralph for his help with the Tigers. The last couple of years our team has been doing a better job since you came on aboard. Thanks for everything you do for our children. You are one in a million.
  • by Creswell High Alumni Location: NC on Oct 17, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Keep up the great work! Go Tigers!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    Keep up the great work Tigers, do not let the success get to you there is still unfinised business to attend to. Take one game at the time and let the rest take care of itself. Great job Coach Rodgers and your staff, keep leading the boys in the right direction. We are all proud of you all!
  • by Tiger fan 2 on Oct 13, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Congrats to the Tigers!!!! Ya'll were AWESOME Friday nite! Keep up the great work! Only 3 more games left for this season!!! Special Thanks to Cory Furlough for EVERYTHING he does for Creswell High!!! We really appreciate it!!! Also, our drumline did a SUPER job too!!!
  • by marketia S Location: plymouth on Oct 13, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    way to go tiger keep up the good work, i have so much confident that you will go all the way. I will be there to support you./ bye
  • by tiger mom Location: creswell on Oct 12, 2009 at 12:22 AM
    Cory, thanks for all that you do for the team. Thanks for the great storiesn on here and the great pics on your website. We are so thankful to have someone like you in the community who supports the boys the way you do. Keep up the great work and thank you WITN for posting the stories to let everyone know about the Tigers.
  • by Cory Furlough Location: Creswell on Oct 11, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    Hey way to go Tigers, keep up the great work. The whole town is behind you, now just take care of business and never loose that hunger that got you where you are now!
  • by Football Friday Fan Location: Watching the NFL on Oct 11, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    Hey Creswell. Congrats. Don't forget where this great season started! Keep going.
  • by Greg Location: San Francisco, CA on Oct 10, 2009 at 10:55 PM
    Way to go Tigers! They're having a great year!
  • by tigers fan Location: creswell on Oct 10, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Thanks Mr. Cory, for the coverage you do a great job for the Creswell Tigers. Great Job Creswell keep up the good work.. It hard to be a Tiger.... Hats to the Coaching Staff doing a great job.... Drumline did a great job....
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