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Fayetteville High School’s Tigers went down to the district-leading Eagleville Eagles Friday night, 28-0.
Eagleville came into the game at 5 and 1, their only loss coming from Jo Byrns, 20-17, and a #9 state ranking in 2A ball.
The Tigers are now 3-3 overall.
Currently in District 9-A standings, Eagleville is 3-0; Forrest and Moore County, 2-1; Fayetteville, 2-2; Middle Tennessee Christian, 1-2; Community and Huntland, 0-2.
Friday night the Tigers were without three starters that all go both ways in Cain McWilliams, John Strong and Mikeal Buchanan. The already thin Fayetteville lost two more both sides of the ball starters in the second half, Jacob Pigg with an Achilles heel and Ryan Yates, who went off the field in an ambulance. Yates was later released from the hospital that night but is expected to be out of action for some time with a neck injury.
Fayetteville battled the entire game Friday night. Coach Alvin Palmer slowed down the pace, effectively keeping the first quarter scoreless against a high-powered offense.
“We moved the ball well but couldn’t get it across that final white line,” Coach Palmer said. “I’m proud of the guys. They did not quit even as short handed as we were. Going into the game with three out and losing a couple more affects our game.
“I felt like we had a good game plan,” he added. “Slowing things down was the best thing to do. If I had to play them again, I’d approach it the same way. They have a good football team.
“We’ve got to lick our wounds and get ready for Page,” Palmer continued. “They’re a 4-A program, and it’ll be a tough game. They have a very good quarterback who’s throwing for about 300 yards a game.”
Friday night after a scoreless first quarter, it was late in the second frame before the Eagles put points on the board. With 3:11 remaining in the half, Eagleville scored on a pass from eight yards out, and the kick was good, taking the lead, 7-0.
But, the Eagles struck again in the air before the period was over on a 35-yard pass with 34 ticks on the clock. The kick was good, and the Tigers trailed, 14-0, at the intermission.
The Eagles scored twice in the second half, the first at the 7:15 mark in the third quarter and the second with 1:48 remaining in the game for the win.
The Tigers finished with 164 yards of offense with 160 coming on the ground.
Eagleville had 188 rushing yards and 137 in the air.
For their next action, the Tigers travel to Page for a Thursday night game starting at 7 p.m. The 4-A Patriots come into the match-up with a 2-4 record with a win over Summit, 27-7, and 27-24 over Forrest. Page was defeated by Lipscomb Academy, 60-42; Marshall County, 42-21; CPA, 52-16; and Giles County, 46-21.