Fayetteville High School Tiger Coach Alvin Palmer was looking for a tough test for his team. He found one last Monday night as FHS traveled to Alabama to match up with Madison Academy’s JV.
It took four overtime periods to decide the winner – the Tigers finished on top, 52-44, over the Class 3A Mustangs.
Thursday night the Tigers traveled to meet the Page Patriots JV, a 4-A program in Williamson County. FHS finished with the win, 35-7.
Fayetteville wraps up its season with an 8-1 record.
Monday night’s shootout lasted two and a half-hours, despite using eight-minute quarters.
The Tigers recovered from a 14-point first quarter deficit, but mistakes on special teams late in the game sent it into overtime.
“We got exactly what we needed on Monday,” Coach P said of his Tigers. “You can get a false sense of how good you are, and we had to battle back against a high caliber team to win the game. I couldn’t be more proud of all the players.
“We had some guys step up and players made some big plays on both sides of the ball,” he added. “Again, I have to praise the coaching staff for a job well done and for the corrections they made throughout the game.
“Trevonte Emmons (quarterback) did a great job checking off some plays at the line of scrimmage. He did a good job reading the defense.
“We got down early, but I knew that sooner or later we’d start playing like we’re capable or they were going to walk home,” Palmer continued. “I told the team about a tragic situation back home. One of our managers lost a cousin in the senseless murders that took place, and we played the second half for her.
“I was proud of the way we competed against Page,” Palmer continued. “I’m especially proud of the defense – they carried us most of the first half until we got our offense on track.
“I’m also proud of our assistant coaches,” he continued. “A coach is only as good as his assistants, and I’m blessed to have the staff I do.
“The program is excited to move up to the varsity level next year,” continued Coach P. “We’ll be a part of District 9-A. We’re having a meeting next week – it looks like it’ll stay the same, all but Cascade.
“I also want to congratulate the guys at the 30th reunion of the 1982 State Championship team at Lincoln County High School,” Palmer added. “I wasn’t able to attend, and I apologize due to a commitment with my Tiger family, but I did get to a gathering following the game and enjoyed seeing everyone. I’m proud to have been part of that team.”
Monday night the Tigers won the toss but deferred until the second half. The Mustangs jumped on FHS early, scoring their first two possessions, and were up 14-0 at the 4:50 mark in the first quarter.
Early in the second period, City put points on the board as Trevonte Emmons hit Kendrell Hall from 40 yards out. Cooper Shelton’s kick was good, and the Tigers trailed 14-7 going into the intermission.
Starting the second half, Dorian Thompson took the kick off 86 yards for a score. Shelton’s kick was good, and with 7:33 on the clock in the third, it was knotted at 14-14.
The following possession by the Mustangs the Tigers took advantage of an interception by Michael Hardin. City went 25 yards in 3 plays as Trevonte Emmons kept it for the score. Shelton’s PAT was good, and FHS was up 21-14.
Madison Academy took the ball to the Tigers’ 27 yard line and went for it on a fourth and 12 situation. The snap went over the quarterback’s head, and Isaiah Thompson picked up the loose ball and went 53 yards for the score. Shelton’s kick was good, and the Tigers were up, 28-14, with 4:22 in the third.
With less than six minutes remaining in the game, the Mustangs took advantage of a punting miscue by the Tigers, taking over at City’s 28 yard line. With 4:08, Madison Academy scored, and the Tigers’ lead was cut to 28-21.
In their next possession after starting at the Mustangs’ 36 yard line, the Tigers were tagged with back-to-back penalties. FHS couldn’t get out of the hole and were forced to punt from their own end zone. It was blocked, and with 1:59 on the clock, it was tied at 28-28.
The Tigers moved their next series into Mustang territory. With 11 seconds remaining in the game on a fourth and a foot situation, Shelton attempted a 37-yard field goal, but it was blocked, sending the game into overtime.
In high school overtime period, both teams get a shot from the 10 yard line. The Mustangs won the toss and deferred, giving the Tigers the first opportunity. After a block in the back penalty and loss of yardage, FHS was pushed back to the forty yard line. Trevonte Emmons scrambled around the left side, but the Mustangs were tagged with a personal foul for a late hit, giving the Tigers an automatic first down at the 12-yard line. With a fourth and one situation at the one, Trevonte Emmons pushed it in, and Shelton’s kick was good. FHS was up 35-28.
But, Madison Academy answered with their possession, knotting it at 35-35, sending it into the second overtime period.
City won the coin toss and deferred going on defense. FHS held the Mustangs to a 29 yard field goal with Madison taking the lead 38-35. In the Tigers’ possession, it came down to Cooper Shelton hitting a field goal from 28 yards out. It hit its mark, and it was tied at 38-38.
In the third possession, City was first on offense. On the first play, Trevonte Emmons threw a strike to Darren Patterson for the score. In high school ball after the second overtime period, teams must go for a two-point conversion. The Mustangs held, and FHS was up 44-38. Madison Academy tied it again on a 3rd and 6 situation. The Tigers held on the two-point conversion, and it was a 44-44 ball game.
Fayetteville went on offense first in the fourth overtime period. After an offsides call by the Mustangs, Tre Emmons carried it in from the five for the score. On the two-point conversion, Trevonte Emmons hit Ryan Yates in the air, and the Tigers were up 52-44.
In the Mustangs’ chance, the quarterback fumbled a shotgun snap. Tiger Andrew Lawson recovered the fumble to seal the win for City.
On the night, the Tigers put up 81 yards on the ground and 58 in the air. Trevonte Emmons completed 4 of 10 attempts with 2 touchdowns.
He was also the leading rusher for FHS with 57 yards in 15 tries and 2 scores. Tre Emmons had 22 yards in 10 rushes and one score.
Kendrell Hall had one catch for 40 yards and a score; Darren Patterson had one reception for 10 yards and a score; Michael Hardin, one for 5 yards; and Ryan Yates had one for 3 yards on an overtime two-point conversion.
The Tigers had 14 first downs to 20 for the Mustangs.
Dorian Thompson had two returns for 97 yards, one for an 86-yard touchdown.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up 179 yards on the ground and 56 in the air.
Thursday night FHS traveled to Page for their final game of the season. The Tigers finished on top, 35-7.
City took the ball the opening series starting at their own 22-yard line and marched down the field. With 6:47 on the clock, Trevonte Emmons carried it in for the score, and Shelton’s kick was good. FHS was up 7-0.
At the 3:14 mark in the second period, Trevonte Emmons picked off a Patriots’ pass at the 18 and found the end zone. Shelton’s PAT was good, and the Tigers were up, 14-0.
Early in the third quarter, Page started at their own 37-yard line. Lineman Matt Taylor took a deflected pass 35 yards for a score. Shelton’s kick was good, and FHS was up 21-0 with 7:55 on the clock.
For their next score, City started at their own 48-yard line. With 1:50 in the third, Tre Emmons carried it in from 17 yards out. Shelton’s PAT was good, and the Tigers were up 28-0.
The only score of the night for Page came with 9:56 in the fourth, capping off a drive that started at their own 23-yard line.
With backup quarterback Joseph Pigg in the game, FHS connected with Darren Patterson into Patriot territory at the 42-yard line. Dorian Thompson carried it in the next play, and Shelton’s kick was good. The Tigers finished with the 35-7 win.
FHS finished with 276 yards of offense, 162 on the ground and 114 in the air.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up just 22 yards on the ground and 59 in the air.