Fayetteville High School’s Tiger football team improved its record to 6-1 with a 28-0 shutout over Cascade’s JV last Monday night.
The game was played as a scrimmage without a kicking game.
The win made it six in a row for FHS in their final year as a junior varsity program. It was the final home game of the season at Billy Joe Evans Field with two road trips still on the schedule.
The Tigers had three touchdowns, all long runs called back.
FHS was to travel to Alabama to meet Madison Academy on Monday in a 7 p.m. match-up, then move on to Page on Oct. 25 with game time at 6:30 p.m.
“Our kids played hard,” Coach Alvin Palmer said of his Tigers. “It was obvious we came ready to hit somebody.
“I hate it for the guys who had the great runs called back,” he continued. “We made some mistakes that were uncalled for – those are some of the items we’ve got to correct.
“We had a great crowd, and we (the coaching staff and players) very much appreciate all the support from the community,” he added. “I’ve been in coaching 35 years, and the coaching staff we have in place is one of the greatest I’ve been around in a long time. We’re having fun – the kids respond and want to get better, and that’s what it’s all about.
“We’ve got a tough game coming up with Madison Academy,” Coach P continued. “They’re a private school, and they give scholarships to good athletes. We’ll play a full game with them, including the kicking game.”
After the Tigers were held their opening possession by the Champions, FHS took it the distance their following series. From their own 27-yard line, Tre Emmons went 73 yard for the score. Cooper Shelton’s kick was no good, and with 5:54 in the first, the Tigers were up 6-0.
The following series Cascade’s center snapped it over the quarterback’s head while in the shotgun. Matt Taylor recovered the fumble and went to the 18-yard line. Trevonte Emmons connected with John Strong for the score. Emmons took in the two-point conversion, and FHS was up 14-0 with 1:46 on the clock. With 35 seconds remaining, Gus Palacio and John Strong made a big stop on a third and one situation at the 29.
The Tigers went into the second quarter starting at their own 45-yard line. After moving to the 27, the Tigers coughed up the ball. The following play Michael Hardin picked off a Champion pass and took it to the 8-yard line. Tre Emmons pushed it in from the one, and Shelton’s kick was good. With 6:35 in the second, the Tigers were up 21-0.
In the third quarter, Cascade had their best drive of the night, starting at their own thirty and moving to the Tiger 26-yard line. But, a snap over the head of the quarterback wiped out most the gain, moving the ball back to midfield.
In the Tigers’ following possession, Tre Emmons took it in from the 43, but the play was called back. On a second and 26 situation, Trevonte Emmons hit Kendrell Hall, taking it to the 43. With 8:55 in the fourth, Emmons carried it in for the score. Shelton’s kick was good, and the Tigers were up 28-0.
FHS found the end zone two more times, but both were called back, one on a 61-yard run by Dorian Thompson with 4 minutes on the clock and a 17-yard run by Jacob Pigg with 2:40 remaining in the game.
As time expired, the Tigers had the win 28-0.
Fayetteville had 247 yards on the ground and 55 in the air. Trevonte Emmons was 3 of 4 attempts passing. Jacob Pigg was 0-4.
Tre Emmons rushed for 102 yards in 6 carries. Trevonte Emmons had 58 in 6 tries. Dorian Thompson had 50 in 6 carries; Cooper Shelton, 4 for 24 yards; Jacob Pigg, 2 for 9 yards; and Michael Hardin, 2 for 6 yards.
Kendrell Hall had 1 catch for 23 yards; John Strong, 1 for 18; and Michael Hardin, 1 for 14 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up 52 yards on the ground and none in the air, holding the Champions to 2 of 9 in third down conversions.