Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up a District 9-A win Friday night over Huntland’s Hornets in a shutout, 37-0.
It was also the program’s first homecoming as a varsity program, adding excitement to the night.
Currently in the district standings, Eagleville is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the district; Forrest (5-3) and 3-1; Moore County (5-4) and 3-2; Fayetteville (4-4) and 3-2; Middle Tennessee Christian (5-3) and 1-3; Community, (2-6) and 1-3; and Huntland is 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the district.
In remaining games, Eagleville has two district games in Moore County at home this Friday night and Community on the road in week 10. Forrest travels to Middle Tennessee Christian Friday night, then comes to Fayetteville on week 10; Moore County has one game remaining, traveling to Eagleville this Friday night, then open week 10; Fayetteville is out of district this week, traveling to Friendship Christian, then hosting Forrest for their final regular season game; Middle Tennessee Christian hosts Forrest Friday night, then hosts Huntland for their final game; Community hosts Huntland Friday night, then finishes up hosting Eagleville; Huntland hosts Community Friday night, then hosts Middle Tennessee Christian on week 10.
“It was our first homecoming win as a varsity program, and it was a big night,” Tiger Coach Alvin Palmer said. “I told the kids all week that the game was bigger than the homecoming. I was proud of the way the Tigers executed.
“We were able to get out quick and that’s what we wanted to do,” Coach Palmer continued. “We opened with a play from Coach John Meadows’ play book, and it put us in position to score. After we scored in the third quarter, I told the guys to run out of bounds or take a knee. To have kept scoring wouldn’t have made us any better football team.
“We’ve got a tough game coming up with Friendship Christian,” he added. “They’ll be the best team we’ve faced so far, but I know it’s the competition you play that makes you better.
“We dressed 23 Tigers Friday night, but I expect a few more injured to be back as we finish up the season.”
Friday night it was all FHS from the opening kickoff. The Tigers took it deep into Hornet territory the opening play. Trevonte Emmons carried it in from the 11-yard line for the first score of the night. Gus Palacio’s kick was good, and with 10:40 on the clock, Fayetteville was up 7-0.
With 6:50 on the clock, Marquice Emmons took it in from 10 yards out. The PAT was no good, and the Tigers were on top, 13-0.
At the 2:22 mark, Palacio was good on a 29-yard field goal with FHS taking the lead, 16-0.
But, the Tigers’ first quarter scoring spree was not over. With 27 ticks on the clock, Dorian Thompson carried it in from the 35-yard line. Palacio’s kick was good, and Fayetteville was up 23-0 going into the second period. The Tigers racked up 243 rushing yards in the first period alone.
With 6:46 in the second period, Trevonte Emmons scrambled and found the end zone from the 25 yard line. Palacio’s kick was good, and the Tigers went into the intermission up 30-0.
The only score of the second half came early in the third quarter at the 10:01 mark when Dorian Thompson pushed it in from the 4 yard line, followed by a good PAT by Palacio.
From that point on, Coach Palmer called off his Tigers and finished with the homecoming victory, 37-0.
Offensively, Fayetteville finished with 19 first downs with 389 yards on the ground and 37 in the air. Trevonte Emmons completed 2 of 4 passing attempts. Jacob Pigg had 1 catch for 31 yards, and John Strong had 1 for 6 yards.
Trevonte Emmons had 11 carries for 152 yards and 2 TDs; Dorian Thompson, 9 carries for 135 yards and 2 TDs; Marquice Emmons, 12 carries for 44 yards and 1 TD; Jacob Pigg, 2 for 35 yards; Michael Hardin, 2 for 18 yards; and Fredi Mitchell, 1 for 5 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up 52 yards on the ground and 67 in the air. The Hornets had six first downs. Isaiah Thompson and Dorian Thompson had 6 tackles each; Cole Roland, 4; Mikeal Buchanan and Matthew Taylor, 3, and Taylor had 1 sack. Gus Palacio, Carson Wiseman, Colton Dotson, Michael Hardin, Jacob Pigg and Andrew Lawson all had tackles. Lawson also had 1 sack.
For their next action, Fayetteville travels to Friendship Christian Friday night with kickoff at 7 p.m.