Fayetteville High School Tigers improved their overall record to 3-0 and 2-0 in District 9-A action, defeating Middle Tennessee Christian Friday night, 28-12.
With the Cougars scoring first, a question Tiger fans had was how would the team respond? FHS answered quickly the following possession.
MTCS had averaged 38 points per game – the Tiger defense shut out the Cougars the second half.
“It was a great victory, and I’m glad it’s over,” FHS Coach Alvin Palmer said. “It was the best competition we’d faced – they (MTCS) have a great team and an outstanding quarterback, and he’s just a junior. It was a learning experience for our young men.
“We got scored on first, but we came back,” he continued. “Our defense played a wonderful game, and I’m so proud of the way they played. Offensively, we sputter from time to time, and we didn’t put it in the end zone when we should have. It was a team effort.
“The defensive coaches made the adjustment we needed to make at the half time,” Palmer said. “I’m proud of this coaching staff and the way the guys responded.
“Now we’ve got to get ready for Moore County. I know it’s going to be a dog fight.”
The Tigers took the opening possession inside the Cougar five-yard line but failed to come away with points. MTCS took over at the 20-yard line and marched down the field. With six minutes on the clock, the Cougars scored, but the kick was not good, and the Tigers trailed 6-0.
It took Fayetteville just 25 seconds to answer. From the 49-yard line, Trevonte Emmons connected with Michael Hardin who took it down to the 20. Dorian Thompson carried it in the following play, and Gus Palacio’s kick was good. With 5:35, the Tigers were up 7-6.
Midway in the second period, City was intercepted in the end zone by the Cougars. MTCS took over at their own 20 yard line, but Trevonte Emmons answered, picking off a pass and going to the 36. Tra Emmons pushed it in from the 9 yard line, and Palacio’s kick was good. With 6:23 on the clock, City was up 14-6.
With 21 seconds remaining in the half, the Tigers coughed up the ball, and the Cougars recovered at the 39. With 13 seconds, MTCS aired out a pass deep that found its mark for a score. The two-point conversion failed, and FHS was up 14-12 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Cougars had moved into Tiger territory. But, with 7:40 in the period, Isaiah Thompson intercepted and went 70 yards for the score. Palacio’s kick was good, and Fayetteville was up 21-12.
After a fourth quarter interception by Dorian Thompson and a stop by the Tigers, City took over at the 46-yard line with 4:28 remaining in the game. At the 3:01 mark, Tra Emmons carried it in from the 16-yard line. Palacio’s kick was good, and the Tigers iced the win, 28-12.
Offensively, Fayetteville put up 225 yards on the ground and 153 in the air. Defensively, the Tigers gave up 80 yards rushing and 206 in the air.
For their next action, FHS travels to Moore County Friday night with game time at 7 p.m. The Raiders come into the game at 2-2 with wins over Richland (54-14) and Cornersville (34-0) losses to Forrest (23-0) and Wayne County (28-0).