Fayetteville High School’s Tiger football team wrapped up its first week in pads defeating Cornersville’s Bulldogs, 39-13, Friday night.
Although their numbers are few, the big play athleticism of the Tigers was more than the ‘Dogs could battle for four quarters. Cornersville is a member of District 11-A and finished with a 6-5 overall record in 2013. Preseason coaches’ predictions have the Bulldogs finishing third in 2014.
“I’m proud of the guys’ efforts,” Tiger Coach Alvin Palmer said. “We had some young men step up and do a good job. We got down early but everyone kept battling. We’ve only got three seniors returning so we’re depending on underclassmen to get the job done.
“We’ve got to continue to improve on all the fundamental aspects of the game,” he added. “Blocking, tackling and our execution have got to get better. To utilize our speed much of our game depends on timing. We’ve got to play 48 minutes of error-free football.”
Friday night, in their opening possession, the Tigers moved inside the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line but failed to produce points.
In Cornersville’s first possession, the ‘Dogs connected on a long pass down to the Tiger 3-yard line, then pushed the ball in for a score. The PAT was no good, and Fayetteville trailed, 6-0.
With 7:45 in the first quarter, on a third and long situation, Tiger quarterback Austin Holdmeyer connected with Jonathan Pigg from 45 yards out for a score. Luiz Buzolin followed with a good PAT, and FHS was up 7-6. They would not trail again.
At the 1:05 mark in the second period, Dorian Thompson scrambled from behind the line of scrimmage and went 80 yards for a score. Buzolin’s kick was good, and the Tigers were up 14-6.
But, the first half action was far from over. With 28 ticks remaining, Fayetteville’s Adrian Stanescu trapped the ‘Dogs in their own end zone for a safety, and FHS was up 16-6.
With the Tigers getting the following possession, Cornersville picked off a pass. In a hurry-up offense, the ‘Dogs scored on a 30-yard pass in the final seconds of the half. The PAT was no good, and Fayetteville was up 16-13 at the break.
In the third quarter, the JV took the field. The Tigers added two scores in the period on a 45-yard run by Brandon Moore and a 45-yard romp by Marquice Emmons. FHS was successful on two, two-point conversions and went into the final frame up 32-13.
The varsity took the field again in the fourth quarter. The Tiger defense shut out the Bulldogs for the 12 minutes. In their final possession, on a third and seven situation at the 50-yard line, Holdmeyer connected with Tra Emmons down to the Bulldog 30-yard line. Dorian Thompson pushed the ball down to the 7-yard line on back-to-back carries. Mikeal Buchanan took it in for the final score of the night. Buzolin’s kick was good, and with 2:21 remaining, FHS was up 39-13.
Fayetteville held Cornersville out of the end zone in the final ticks of the game to finish with the win.
For their next preseason action, the Tigers travel to Tullahoma to play in the Wildcats’ Fan Feast Friday night starting at 7 p.m. On Aug. 15, FHS will play in the Forrest Jamboree. Time has not yet been announced.
Regular season action gets underway Aug. 29 on the road at Richland with kickoff at 7 p.m.