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Fayetteville High School’s Cinderella season came to an end Friday night in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA-1A state playoffs.
The Tigers took a tumble on the road to the number one state ranked South Pittsburg Pirates, 49-0.
In Fayetteville’s first and second round match-ups opponents made mistakes, and the Tigers capitalized. Friday night, the Pirates brought an “A game” with a stable of running backs and just one turnover late in the third quarter. In their second round match up with Moore County, the Pirates were flagged 21 times for 210 yards – Friday night, it dropped to 6 for 61 yards.
But, the Tigers can safely be tagged as the “Mouse That Roared”. With a roster of 25, the first-year varsity program advanced to one of the final eight 1A teams in the state. In Friday’s edition of “Game Day” in the Tennesseean, Fayetteville was argued as the biggest surprise in the midstate. Truly the bar for future Tiger teams starts at a very high mark.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these young men,” Coach Alvin Palmer said of his team. “They have carried themselves well all season. They beat the defending state champions in Gordonville in the first round of the playoffs, then won over Monterey and went down to the number 1 ranked team in the state.
“The foundation has been laid by this first year varsity team,” Palmer added. “There was ‘no quit’ in these Tigers. I want to thank the staff, cheerleaders, band, school board and community for their support all season long.
“But, most of all, I appreciate these seniors who have done such an excellent job leading this team,” he continued. “They have been easy to coach and led this team by example. Through their effort and hard work the Tigers will be back.”
Senior Tigers are Brandon Tunstill, Andrew Lawson, Isaiah Thompson, Michael Hardin, Gus Palacio, Darren Patterson, Trevonte Emmons and Ryan Yates.
Friday night the Pirates were the dominant team on the field for the 48 minutes. The Tigers moved into South Pitt territory three times but didn’t break a big play for points. The host team was up 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and 21-0 by the intermission.
South Pitt marched down the field the opening possession of the second half, setting the tone. By the end of three, the Tigers were down 35-0.
The Pirates tacked on 14 points in the fourth to finish with the win.
Fayetteville put up 111 yards of offense; South Pittsburg finished with 430.
Trevonte Emmons was 4 of 20 in the air for 51 yards and three interceptions. Tra Emmons had 2 catches for 44 yards, Michael Hardin, 1 for 9. and Jacob Pigg had 1 for –2.
Trevonte Emmons had 5 carries for 36 yards; Marquice Emmons, 10 for 30; Michael Hardin, 5 for 5; Isaiah Thompson 1 for –2; and Tra Emmons, 5 for –9.
Isaiah Thompson finished with 11 tackles, John Strong, 6; Darren Patterson and Marquice Emmons, 3; Adrian Stanescu, Jacob Pigg, Kendrell Hall, Andrew Lawson, Mikeal Buchanan and Cain McWilliams, 1. McWilliams had a sack for –9 yards.
With Coalfield’s 34-0 win over Midway, the Pirates (11-1) will travel to match up with the Yellowjackets (9-3) in the semifinals. The winner will take on the victor of Nashville Christian vs. Union City for the championship at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville Dec. 6th.