Fayetteville High School’s Tigers got their first game of varsity football and season opener off to the start they wanted, defeating Richland on Tiger Hill Friday night, 41-6.
After two years of a JV schedule, the Tigers got their first taste of varsity under the Friday night lights.
“I’m proud to be part of this program,” said Coach Alvin Palmer. “I want to thank our administration and the community for their support.
“We started sponsorships during the game for different plays and situations,” he added. “It was great to hear so many supporting the Tigers.
“It was a big win for us, and we had a great crowd,” Coach Palmer continued, “but it was just our first contest – we’ve got to improve on every aspect of the game. We’ll start working on that Monday as we get ready for Community.”
Friday night it didn’t take long for the Tigers to strike – Richland tried an onside kick, giving FHS field possession starting at the 49 yard line. Quarterback Trevonte Emmons connected with Michael Hardin, going to the three.
Following a penalty, Hardin went in the record books as the first Tiger to score a touchdown of the varsity program, taking it in from the eight. Gus Palacio’s kick was no good, and with 11:35 on the clock, City was up 6-0.
After turnovers by both teams, the Tigers started at their own 36 yard line. With 6:51 in the first, Dorian Thompson took it in for the score. FHS had a successful two-point conversion and took the lead, 14-0.
Following a pass interception late in the first quarter, City’s Tra Emmons carried it in from 10 yards out. Palacio’s kick was good, and with 11:51 on the clock in the second, the Tigers were up 21-0.
With 9:28 in the period, Matt Taylor recovered a fumble at the Tigers 28 yard line. With 7:50 on the clock, Trevonte Emmons hooked up with Tra Emmons from 31 yards out for the score. Palacio’s kick was good, and FHS was up 28-0.
The only score for the night for the Raiders came on a 76-yard romp up the middle of the FHS defense. The two point conversion failed, and with 7:30 remaining in the first half, City was up 28-6.
Richland tried another onside kick, giving the Tigers the ball again at their own 49 yard line. At the 6:40 mark, Trevonte Emmons connected with Ryan Yates who went to the Raider 15. With 5:25 on the clock, Tra Emmoms carried it in for the score. Palacio’s kick was good, and FHS was up, 35-6.
The final score of the night came late in the second as Trevonte Emmons picked up a fumble and carried it down to the 11 yard line. With 46 ticks on the clock, Tra Emmons scored from the two. Palacio’s kick was blocked, and City was up 41-6 at the break.
The second half remained scoreless as Coach Palmer played into his bench, even punting on third down. Midway in the fourth, Marquice Emmons went on back-to-back romps, going to Richland’s 2 yard line, but Palmer opted to take a knee for four plays instead of scoring, using all 25 seconds on the clock between snaps.
As the buzzer closed the game, the Tigers had their first varsity win in as many games, 41-6.
Offensively, Fayetteville finished with 331 yards. Trevonte Emmons was 4 of 8 for 121 yards and one touchdown to Tra Emmons. On the ground, he had 3 carries for 26 yards. Tra Emmons had 7 carries for 87 yards and 3 rushing scores with a 31 yard reception. Michael Hardin had one carry for 8 yards and a score and a 46 yard catch. Dorian Thompson had 3 carries for 15 yards and one score. Ryan Yates had two catches for 44 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers held the Raiders to 119 total yards. Fayetteville had 8 tackles for a loss and forced four turnovers. Cain McWilliams had 6 tackles; Isaiah Thompson and John Strong, 5; Dorian Thompson, 4; Trevonte Emmons and Adrian Stanescu, 3; Matt Taylor, 2; and Michael Harding had 1.
For their next action, Fayetteville travels to Community for their first District 9-A game of the season Friday night with kickoff at 7 p.m.