Tigers prep for first-ever playoffs
Fayetteville High School’s Tigers hosted Forrest for their final game of the regular season.
The 35-14 win for the Rockets is misleading of the action. FHS trailed 14-6 at the break, and it was knotted at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter. But, the turnover bug ran wild in the Tiger camp, giving Forrest a run of 21 unanswered points in the final period.
Fayetteville High School’s Dorian Thompson (32) rushed for two scores and 192 yards in action Friday night at home against the Forrest Rockets. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry
With the miscues, field position was in favor of the Rockets for 48 minutes. All of Forrest’s scoring started in Tiger territory from turnovers and punts starting at the 27, 8, 9, 43 and 10 yard lines, putting the Tiger defense in tough situations.
FHS wrapped up their regular season at 3-3 in District 9-A and 4-6 overall. Eagleville leads at 6-0 and 9-1; Forrest, 5-1 and 7-3; Moore County, 3-3 and 5-5; Middle Tennessee Christian 2-4 and 6-4; Huntland, 1-5 and 3-7; Community, 1-5 and 3-7.
Impressively for a first-year program, Fayetteville finished fourth in their district and will travel for a first-ever playoff game with Gordonsville Friday night with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Gordonsville comes into the match-up at 5-5 overall and 2-2 in District 8-A. In league play, they won over Watertown, 28-13, and Red Boiling Springs, 55-7. District losses come from Trousdale County, 43-31, and Goodpasture Christian, 28-14.
Friday night, Fayetteville celebrated its first Senior Night prior to kickoff. Tiger players honored were Ryan Yates, Trevonte Emmons, Darren Patterson, Gus Palacio, Michael Hardin, Isaiah Thompson, Andrew Lawson and Brandon Tunstill.
“No doubt we gave them the game,” said Coach Alvin Palmer. “Turnovers killed us – defensively, we play exceptionally well, but the offense put them in bad situations all night.
“I’m proud of this first year program, and I want to thank the community for their support all season,” Coach Palmer continued. “We’ve got the opportunity in the first round of the playoffs, and we’re going into it expecting it to not be our final game. We’ve got to pave our own road and not let someone else do it for us.
“We have a great group of young men,” Palmer added. “They are going to make this community proud. I very much appreciate the parents for allowing their kids to be a part of Fayetteville High School.”
Forrest was first to put points on the board from the five after starting at the Tigers’ 27 yard line following a short punt. The kick was good, and the Rockets were up, 7-0, with 8:03 in the first quarter.
An interception at Fayetteville’s 8 yard line gave the Rockets their second score. The kick was good, and with 5:49, Forrest was up 14-6.
Late in the third quarter, the Tigers started at their own 7 yard line. As the fourth period got underway, Dorian Thompson broke loose on an 89-yard romp for the next score of the night. Trevonte Emmons took it in for the two-point conversion, and with 10:58 remaining in the game, it was knotted at 14-14.
From that point on, two turnovers at the Tigers’ 9 and 10 yard lines decided the game. Forrest did add one score that started at Fayetteville’s 43 yard line – that would be the Rockets’ longest offensive effort of the night. Forrest put up 21 unanswered points in the remaining nine minutes to finish with the win.
The Tigers put up 280 yards on the ground. Trevonte Emmons was 6 of 16 for 72 yards in the air with 2 interceptions. Jacob Pigg had 4 catches for 52 yards, and Darren Patterson, 2 for 20.
Rushing, Dorian Thompson had 13 carries for 193 yards, 2 scores and 2 fumbles; Tre Emmons, 12 for 49 yards; Trevonte Emmons, 16 for 28 yards; Jacob Pigg, 1 for 9 yards; Marquice Emmons, 2 for 4 yards; and Michael Hardin, 2 for –2 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up 203 yards on the ground and 48 in the air. Cain McWilliams, Dorian Thompson and Isaiah Thompson led with 5 tackles; Jacob Pigg, 4; Mikeal Buchanan, 3; Michael Hardin, Kendrell Hall, Austin Holdmeyer, 2; Andrew Lawson, Matthew Taylor, Trevonte Emmons, Cole Roland, Fredi Mitchell, 1.