City Tigers roar in season opener over Raiders
Fayetteville High School’s Marquice Emmons traps Richland’s quarterback for a loss in the Tigers’ season opener Friday night on the road against the Raiders. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry
It was a Tiger night in Fayetteville High School’s season opener on the road at Richland Friday night.
FHS finished with the win, 55-6.
The Raiders came into the match-up falling to Moore County, 38-6, in Week 0. Richland is led this season by Coach Joe Moos who left the offensive coordinator post at Lincoln County High School following the 2013 season to fill the spot.
Fayetteville was up 21-0 by the end of the first quarter. With a 36-0 lead by the intermission, the mercy rule clock ran the second half.
Coach Alvin Palmer played into his bench in the final two periods. The Tigers won the 24 minutes, 19-6, to finish with the win.
“It was a good win for us and I’m proud of the kids’ efforts,” Coach Palmer said, bBut we’ve got to put that game behind us and get ready for Community.
“The old saying goes your next game is the biggest and that’s even more true when it’s a district game,” he added. “We’re going to work hard this week to get ready. Community runs and throws the ball well. We had some cramping issues Friday night so we’ll be running more to go in better prepared”
Friday night Fayetteville scored in its second possession of the game when quarterback Austin Holdmeyer connected with Jacob Pigg from 40 yards out. Will Martin’s PAT was good, and the Tigers were up 7-0 with 8:32 in the first.
The second touchdown of the night was set up with an interception by Jacob Pigg taking it to the Raiders’ 49 yard line. At the 4:05 mark, Dorian Thompson took it in from the 7 yard line and Martin’s PAT was good. FHS was on top 14-0.
Fayetteville High School’s quarterback Austin Holdmeyer (right) connected with Jacob Pigg from 40 yards out for a score on this play in the Tigers’ season opener on the road Friday night at Richland High School. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry
The Tigers’ third score was set up by another turnover. Lineman Adrian Stanescu scooped up a fumble and took it to the house from the 35, but FHS was penalized for a block in the back, nullifying the score and taking possession at the Raider 18 yard line. Tra Emmons carried it in from the five, and Martin’s kick was good. With 1:22 in the first, Fayetteville was up 21-0.
FHS added 15 points to the board in the second. The Raiders held the Tigers on a fourth and five situation on their own 6 yard line, taking possession at the two. Sophomore Mikeal Buchanan got to Richland quarterback in their own end zone forcing an intentional grounding call resulting in a safety. With 8:01, FHS was up 23-0.
City started the following possession at their own 36 yard line. The Tigers went to the air. Holdmeyer connected twice with Kendrell Hall and once with Brandon Moore during the drive. Tra Emmons took it in from the four. Louis Buzolin’s PAT was no good, and with 4:43 remaining in the first half, Fayetteville was up 29-0.
Richland started the next possession at its own 26 yard line, but the drive stalled when Jacob Pigg recovered a fumble at the Tiger 38. After moving to the Raider 38 yard line, Dorian Thompson took it in for the score. Louis Buzolin’s PAT was good, and with 1:43 in the second quarter, FHS was up 36-0.
Freshman quarterback Lex Marsh went under center opening the second half. In their second possession of the third quarter, the Tigers started at the 43 yard line. Marsh connected with Kendrell Hall who took it to the 25. Brandon Moore carried it in for the score on the following play. The PAT was blocked, and with 3:53 in the third, the Tigers were up 42-0.
On the following kick-off, the Raiders carried it to City’s 35 yard line. With 1:18 on the clock, Richland scored from the 22 in the air. The two-point conversion was no good, and it was a 42-6 ball game.
The Tigers added two scores in the fourth, the first on a 59 yard run by Marquice Emmons. Martin’s PAT was good, and FHS was up 48-6. From that point on, Coach Alvin Palmer opted to take a knee three snaps and punt on offense. In the final possession of the game, Tra Emmons picked off a pass and took it the distance from 45 yards out as time expired. Fayetteville didn’t attempt the PAT, and had the win 55-6.
Fayetteville’s defense held the Raiders to just 3 first down, giving a total of 67 yards, 4 coming on the ground in 19 carries and 63 in the air on 6 passing attempts.
Offensively, FHS put up 337 yards on the ground and 141 in the air for a total of 478 yards. Dorian Thompson had 9 rushes for 118 yards with 2 scores; Marquice Emmons, 7 carries for 91 yards and 2 scores; Austin Holdmeyer, 5 carries for 54; Tra Emmons, 7 for 42 and 1 score; Brandon Moore, 4 carries for 32 yards and 1 score.
Austin Holdmeyer completed 6 of 11 tries for 104 yards and 1 touchdown. Freshman quarterback Lex Marsh worked the second half completing 2 of 2 tries for 37 yards. Kendrell Hall had 4 catches for 69 yards; Jacob Pigg, 1 for 40 and one score; Brandon Moore, 3 for 32 yards.
Cain McWilliams had 4 tackles; Marquice Emmons, 3; Dorian Thompson and Tra Emmons, 2; Cole Roland, Tyler Talley, Stanley High, Adrian Stanescu, Colten Dotson, Tavarus Carr, Jacob Pigg and Mikeal Buchanan had one.
For their next action, the Tigers host Community for their district opener Friday night starting at 7 p.m. The Vikings, under the leadership of new Head Coach Chris Grooms, comes into the match-up at 0-2 falling to Silverdale Academy, 38-21, and Sequatchie County, 53-7.