Fayetteville High School’s Tigers are still looking for their first win of the season after going down to Mt. Pleasant on homecoming night, 40-0.
And to add to the Tigers’ struggles, the injury bug possibly took four starters out of the already thin line-up.
Isaac Pace, Graham Pace, Jalen Buchanan and KeVonte Thomison are all awaiting test results as to the extent of the injuries.
“All we can do is keep working,” Coach Alvin Palmer said. “No one would ever anticipate the number of key injuries we’ve had. We’re scrambling to see who we go with at quarterback pending the condition of the Pace brothers’ injuries.
“We’ve got to play with what we’ve got and do the best we can,” he added. “Moore County is coming in here Friday night, and it’s going to be a tough game. They run the Wing-T, and it’s tough to stop.”
Against Mt. Pleasant, the Tigers kept it close, trailing 7-0 at the end of one, but the visiting Tigers had a big second frame, putting 27 points on the board. City trailed 34-0 at the break.
Mt. Pleasant put the mercy rule in effect early in the third, up 40-0.
The final frame was scoreless, giving Mt. Pleasant the win.
This week the Tigers host region rival Moore County. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Tigers, by the numbers
Offense: Fayetteville finished with 217 yards of offense, 213 on the ground, 4 in the air
Rushing: Graham Pace, 11 carries for 74 yards; Isaac Pace, 16 for 69 yards; Jaden Hadley, 8 for 59 yards; Zayshon Pullen, 2 for 11 yards; Montez Pullen 1 for 1 yard
Passing: Isaac Pace, 1 of 2 attempts for 4 yards
Receiving: Ethan Causey, 1 catch for 4 yards
Defense: FHS gave up 477 total yards, 309 on the ground, 168 in the air
First Downs: Mt. Pleasant, 13; City, 9
Turnovers: Mt. Pleasant, 0; City, 2
Punts: Stephen Yatsko, 3 for 112 yards; Isaac Pace, 2 for 15 yards
Penalties-Yards: Mt. Pleasant, 9 for 65 yards; FHS, 10 for 105 yards