Friday night it was the Tigers meeting the Tigers, and it was Fayetteville High School’s Tigers that finished on top on the road over Gordonsville, 49-33, in the first round of the TSSAA-1A State Playoffs.
FHS trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter but maintained their composure, putting up 21 unanswered points in the second period, taking the lead, 21-10, at the intermission.
Fayetteville got a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball, picking 21 points off one interception and 2 fumble recoveries during the course of the game.
In other District 9-A action in 1-A play Friday night, Moore County won over Harriman, 20-7; in the 2A bracket, Middle Tennessee Christian lost to Marion County, 42-14; Forrest, 23, Riverside, 20; and Eagleville got a bye.
Next Friday night the Tigers travel to Cookeville to match up with Monterey, and Moore County travels to South Pittsburg; in 2A, Eagleville hosts Loretto, and Forrest travels to Adamsville.
“It was a history making night for the Tigers,” said Coach Alvin Palmer. “Our kids didn’t push the panic button and kept playing their type ball. We worked as one heartbeat in all three phases of the game.
“I’m just so proud to be a part of this program,” Palmer added. “The support from the community has been outstanding, and the players and the coaching staff appreciate it very much.
“Friday night when we were down 10-0, we needed something positive to happen,” he continued. “When Trevonte Emmons connected with Jacob Pigg for our first score, it gave us the spark we needed.
“We take on Monterey Friday night and will be playing on Tennessee Tech’s field in Cookeville,” Palmer said. “We need everyone who possibly can to come out and support these Tigers.”
The first score of the night for FHS came with 10:19 in the second period when Trevonte Emmons hit Jacob Pigg 24 yards out for the score. Gus Palacio’s kick was no good, and the Tigers trailed 10-6.
With 2:21 remaining in the half, Fayetteville picked up their second score of the night. Trevonte Emmons made the two-point conversion on the quarterback keeper, and FHS was up 14-10.
But, Fayetteville’s second quarter scoring was not over. Darren Patterson intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line and went 90 yards for the score as time expired. Palacio’s kick was good, and FHS went into the half, up 21-10
Gordonsville marched the field in their opening possession of the second half. With 7:12 on the clock, the home Tigers scored, and the two-point conversion was good, making it a 21-18 ball game.
With 5:25 in the third, Dorian Thompson picked up his first score of the night. Palacio’s kick was good, and Fayetteville was up, 28-18.
FHS put another score on the board in the period with less that two minutes on the clock as Kendrell Hall picked up a fumble and took it about 50 yards for the score. Palacio’s kick was good, and at the end of three, the visiting Tigers were up 35-18.
Gordonsville scored with 11:33 on the clock in the final frame, and it was a 35-25 ball game. Fayetteville added two more scores in the period, the first on a 40-yard interception by Trevonte Emmons and then on a sweep by Dorian Thompson. Both of Palacio’s kicks were good, and FHS had the win, 49-33.
Fayetteville picked up 247 yards on the ground and 43 in the air. Trevonte Emmons was 2 of 7 with catches coming from Jacob Pigg and Michael Hardin.
Dorian Thompson finished with 22 carries for 207 yards; Tra Emmons, 5 for 32; Travonte Emmons, 6 for 6; Isaiah Thompson and Michael Hardin, 1 for 4 yards.
Defensively, FHS gave up 179 yards on the ground and 136 in the air. Isaiah Thompson led with 10 tackles; Dorian Thompson, 8; Mikeal Buchanan, 5; Cole Roland and John Strong, 3; Michael Hardin, Kendrell Hall, Marquice Emmons and Cain McWilliams, 2.
For their next action, the Tigers meet Monterey with the game played at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Game time is at 7 p.m.