Fayetteville High School’s Tigers continued their march toward state with a convincing 27-10 win over Huntland’s Hornets Friday night on Tiger Hill.

With the win, the Tigers advance to face Moore County’s Raiders this Friday night at 7 p.m. at FHS. Moore County advanced to the game with a big 42-22 win over Huntingdon.

Against the Hornets, the Tigers started slow, only scoring 8 points in the first half coming on a 14-yard KJ Jackson run. The 2-point conversion was successful.

The Tiger defense held Huntland in check, with the Hornets’ only score in the first half coming on a heads-up defensive takeaway that resulted in a touchdown. At the intermission, the teams were tied 8-8.

The Tigers’ next score of the night came in the third quarter on a 49-yard strike from Holdmeyer to Corian Cash to extend the FHS lead to 14-8 after an unsuccessful 2-point attempt.

With the Hornets threatening a comeback, the Tiger defense once again held strong, making a goal line stand and keeping the Hornets out of the end zone.

After the stop, the FHS offense took over in the shadow of the Huntland endzone. With the Tigers backed up deep, the Huntland defense added more points to the board for the Hornets, a safety that brought the score to 14-10.

With the Hornets getting the ball back after the safety, it looked like Huntland might mount a comeback and take over the lead; however, the Tiger defense once again held strong, getting the Hornet offense off the field.

The Fayetteville offense then came up big in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 67-yard TD strike from Holdmeyer to Cash and giving the Tigers a little more breathing room on the scoreboard, 21-10.

The Tigers then sealed the win with 23-yard TD pass from Holdmeyer to Isaiah Thomison, who made a fingertip catch between two Hornet defenders. The PAT attempt was no good, leaving the score at 27-10 and giving the Tigers their second win of the season over the Hornets and a chance to continue in the playoff race.

By the numbers:

Total Plays: FHS, 52; HHS, 61.

Total Yards: FHS, 326; HHS, 179.

Passing Yards: FHS, 174; HHS, 13. Holdmeyer went 8 of 13 for 174 yards and 3 TDs. Receiving, Cash had 2 catches for 116 yards, both going for TDs; Thomison had 2 catches for 32 yards and a TD; Jaterious Derrick, 2 receptions for 25 yards; Kentius Henderson, 1 for 4; K. Jackson, 1 for -3.

Rushing Yards: FHS, 152; HHS, 166. Jackson had 26 attempts and 145 yards and a TD; Aljarea Johnson, 2 carries for 5 yards; Trey Allen, 1 for 2 yards.

First Downs: FHS, 11; HHS, 12.

Third Down Efficiency: FHS, 6 of 11; HHS, 2 of 11.

Fourth Down Efficiency: FHS, 1 of 1; HHS, 1 of 5.

Turnovers: FHS, 2 fumbles lost; HHS, 1 interception thrown.

Tackles: Braxton Wilson, 4 tackles, 5 assists; Antonio Ibarra, 4 tackles, 1 for loss, 3 assists; Aubre Brown, 4 tackles, 3 assists; Kevarious Divens, 3 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 assist; A. Johnson, 2 tackles, 1 for loss; T. Allen, 2 tackles, 6 assists; Thomison, 2 tackles, 1 for loss, sack; J. Derrick, 2 tackles; Cam Sheridan, 2 tackles, 5 assists; Cade Hopkins, 2 tackles, 3 assists, 1 interception; Zayshon Pullen, 1 tackle, 3 assists; Tae Foxx, 1 tackle; Xavier Gray, 1 tackle; Andre Allen, 1 tackle; Cayian Kelso, 2 assists; Tyler West, 2 assists; Gus Hill, 1 assist; Demarion McCrary, 1 assist; Dalton Chriss, 1 assist.

Kicking: I. Thomison went 1 of 1 on PATs; A. Johnson had 2 punts for a 39-yard average and 1 inside the 20.