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Tigers make it two in a row, win first district game

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up their second win of the season and their first win in district action, shutting out Community on the road, 42-0.

Community brought a quarterback with an arm and tall receivers – the Vikings picked up 161 yards in the air. But, the Tiger defense kept the host team out of the end zone and to a negative 17 yards on the ground.

Offensively, Fayetteville kept it on the ground, attempting only two passes.

“I’m proud of the players and coaches,” Coach Alvin Palmer said of his Tigers and staff. “The coaches had the guys well prepared, and the guys executed the game plan.

“We wanted to go over there with a ‘kick in the door’ attitude and take control of the game early.

“To pick up our first district win in a varsity schedule is big for us,” Coach Palmer added. “Winning is contagious, and we want to keep the momentum going, taking one game at a time. We’ll enjoy this win, but come Monday, we’ll be all about Middle Tennessee Christian.”

Presenting game ball --

Fresh off their first varsity football victory, Fayetteville High School’s Tigers presented a signed game ball to the Fayetteville City School Board in appreciation for their support. Players took a break from practice to present the football to Dr. Janine Wilson, director of the Fayetteville City School System, and board members who had gathered for the regular monthly board meeting.

Michael Hardin was first to score for the Tigers, taking it in from the 24-yard line. The extra point attempt failed, and City was up 6-0.

In the second quarter, Trevonte Emmons hooked up with Ryan Yates from 23 yards out for the score. The kick again failed, and the Tigers were up 12-0. Later in the period, Gus Palacio split the uprights with a field goal, and FHS went into the break up15-0.

Fayetteville added two scores in the third period, the first coming on a 15-yard run by Dorian Thompson. Palacio’s kick was good, and the Tigers were on top, 22-0. The second score of the period came on an 82-yard romp by Tra Emmons. The extra point attempt was no good, and FHS was up 28-0.

Marquice Emmons took it in from 15 yards out in the fourth. Will Martin’s kick was good, and the Tigers were up 34-0.

The final score of the night came on the defensive side of the ball. Cain Williams forced a fumble in the Viking backfield. Isaiah Thompson scooped up the ball and took it the distance. Martin’s kick was good, and the Tigers finished with the shutout, 42-0.

Fayetteville finished with 192 yards on the ground and 23 in the air. Tra Emmons had 10 carries for 117 yards; Michael Hardin, 1 carry for 24 yards; Dorian Thompson, 6 for 21 yards; and Marquice Emmons had 9 tries for 18 yards.

Trevonte Emmons was 1 of 2 for 23 yards; Ryan Yates had one catch for 23 yards.

For their next action, the Tigers host Middle Tennessee Christian Friday night with kickoff at 7 p.m.