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In the first half the Tigers would come out of the gate slow and put up only 14 points as they struggled to find a rhythm offensively. In the opening quarters the game would become a field position battle between the squads. During half time all of that would change though as a fire would be lit in the players by veteran coach Wayne Rodgers.
By the end of the 3rd quarter the Tigers would have opened up the offensive flood gates. The Tigers would roll off three straight rushing touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to run the score to 35-8.
The Tiger rushing attack would lead the way for the offense once again and be led this week by Justan Phelps. Phelps would break free for two large runs late in the game and rack up 94 yards and 1 touchdown on just two carries. Timelle Sawyer the Tigers leading rusher on the season would add 83 yards and 1 score of his own on just 8 carries.Sawyer has found his yards harder to come by this season as area defenses key off on the star player each week.
In all the Tiger running backs would rack up 204 yards on 29 carries and account for 5 of the 7 Tiger touchdowns. The Tiger passing attack would keep the Wildcat defense honest as quarterback Davonte Phelps would find receivers all night when the chains needed to be moved. Phelps would go 5-9 and rack up 139 yards passing and record 2 touchdowns. Phelps favorite target has quickly become the speedster Gary Blount who would score three times on the night for the third consecutive week. Two of Blount's touchdowns would come through the air on a 72 yard catch in the 1st quarter where Blount made numerous Columbia defenders miss, and an 18 yard reception to the corner of the end zone in the 3rd quarter. Blount would find pay dirt once more late in the 3rd quarter on a 26 yard reverse and go untouched into the end zone. All of these astonishing offensive numbers would not of been possible though with out the hard work of the Tiger offensive line who opened holes and held the Wildcat defense at bay all night.
Leading the way for the Tigers on defense this week would be two hard nosed defensive lineman. Marchez Phelps and Tim Roughton would lead the Tiger defense in tackles on the night and hold the Wildcat runners in check for most of the game. Phelps would rack up 9 tackles and Roughton would add 7 of his own. Roughton would also force 2 key fumbles that resulted in great Tiger field position each time. Sophomore Shaton Basnight would add 7 tackles to the Tiger total and first year player Xavier Owens would record 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries to his yearly total. Over all the Tiger defense as a whole seemed to be every where at the right times and continues to be the back bone of Tigers.
The Tigers will look to add to their impressive offensive and defensive resumes this Friday as they host the Lakers of Mattamuskeet. The Tigers have done well against the Lakers in recent years but the Tigers will face a Laker team that is hungry for a win and brings a offense that runs the spread and throws the ball numerous times each game. Game time is slated for 7:30 pm,