Fayetteville High School’s Tigers went down on the road to Warren County, 33-7.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys,” Coach Alvin Palmer said. “They played their hearts out. Nobody gives a 1-A team a chance against a 6-A opponent, but our guys battled and surprised the Pioneers.
“We got a couple of injured players back but lost one Friday night to a concussion, Will Ellis, his second of the season,” Palmer continued. “If anybody needs an open date this week, it’s us – hopefully we can mend and get a couple more back before we travel to Harpeth.”
Friday night, the Tigers were first to put points on the board, scoring in their opening possession. Akaikua McMullen broke loose for a 51-yard run up the middle. Stephen Yatsko was good on the PAT, and with 10:32 in the first, FHS was up 7-0.
Fayetteville’s defense kept the Pioneers off the board the remainder of the period. The Tigers were up 7-0 at the end of one.
In the second frame, Warren County scored from the 18 yard line. The PAT was good, and it was knotted at 7-7 going to the intermission.
Size and strength became an issue for FHS in the second half. The Pioneers scored twice in the third quarter on a 45-yard run and a 28-yard pass. The Tigers trailed 20-7 headed to the fourth.
Warren County tacked on two scores in the final frame on runs of 31 and 5 yards to finish with a 33-7 win at the buzzer.
Fayetteville is open this week before traveling to Harpeth on Oct. 19. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Tigers, by the numbers
Offense: The Tigers put up 237 total yards of offense with 196 coming on the ground and 41 in the air
Rushing: Akaikua McMullen, 14 carries for 109 yards and 1 score; Isaac Pace, 8 for 47 yards; Zayshon Pullen, 10 for 39 yards; Jaden Hadley, 3 for 2 yards; Kiyon Emmons, 1 for 2; Levi Sloan, 1 for -3
Passing: Levi Sloan, 3 of 8 attempts for 28 yards with 2 interceptions; Zayshon Pullen, 3 of 4 for 13 yards
Receiving: Corian Cash, 2 catches for 28 yards; Isaac Pace, 2 for 17 yards; Tae Foxx, 1 for -4 yards
Defense: The Tiger defense gave up 320 total yards of offense, 256 on the ground and 64 in the air. Isaac Pace finished with 7 tackles; KeVonte Thomison, 5; Jaden Hadley, 3.5; Zayshon Pullen, 2.5; Jay Buchanan, 2; Jaylen Williams, 2
First Downs: FHS, 12; Warren County, 13
Turnovers: FHS, 2; Warren County, 1
Punts: Isaac Pace, 4 for 102 yards for 26-yard average
PAT: Stephen Yatsko, 1 for 1
Kick Return: Zayshon Pullen, 1 for 17 yards; Aubre Brown, 2 for 16 yards
Penalties/Yards: FHS, 7 for 55 yards; Warren County, 8 for 75 yards