Fayetteville High School’s Tigers improved to 7-2 on the season, beating the Tigers from Whitwell 46-8 on the road Friday night.

FHS jumped out to a fast start and never let up, outscoring the hosts 38-0 before the “mercy rule” and a running clock kicked in. Coach Kenny Morson was able to play some of his younger Tigers in the second half.

KJ Jackson got FHS on the board in the first quarter with a 27-yard run. Isaiah Thomison added the extra point kick to give the Fayetteville Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Special teams gave FHS more points when Thomison returned a blocked punt for a TD and a 13-0 lead. His extra point attempt failed.

Fayetteville added another score in the first quarter, a 43-yard pass from Sam Holdmeyer to Corian Cash. The two-point conversion failed, giving FHS a 19-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

Aljarea Johnson’s 8-yard run before the half increased the FHS lead to 25-0. Thomison’s extra point attempt was no good.

In the third quarter, KJ Jackson found paydirt again, scoring on a 30-yard run. Thomison added a successful extra point kick, bringing the score to 32-0.

Johnson found another way to score in the quarter, hauling in a 38-yard pass from Holdmeyer to give the FHS Tigers a 38-0 lead. The extra point attempt failed.

With the mercy rule in place and the clock running, FHS added another score in the fourth quarter, another Johnson run, this time from 20 yards out. Cash added a successful two-point conversion run to give Fayetteville’s Tigers the 46-0 lead.

Whitwell was able to get on the board late in the game on a 3-yard run and successful two-point conversion, leaving the final score at 46-8.

By the numbers:

Total Plays: FHS, 37; WHS, 49.

Total Yards: FHS, 344; WHS, 68.

Passing Yards: FHS, 151; WHS, 24. Holdmeyer was 9 of 16 for 142 yards, 2 TDs and an interception. Dalton Chriss was 1 of 1 for 9 yards. Receiving, the Tigers were led by Corian Cash, who had 2 receptions for 47 yards and a TD; Johnson, 1 for 38 yards and a TD; Trey Allen, 1 for 19 yards; Tae Foxx, 1 for 19; I. Thomison, 2 for 17; Jalen Buchanan, 1 for 9; Kentius Henderson, 1 for 7; Jaterious Derrick, 1 for -5.

Rushing Yards: FHS, 193; WHS, 44. KJ Jackson had 11 carries for 169 yards, 2 TDs and a fumble. Johnson had 5 carries for 33 yards and 2 TDs.

First Downs: FHS, 16; WHS, 5.

Third Down Efficiency: FHS, 1 of 4; WHS, 2 of 11.

Fourth Down Efficiency: FHS, 1 of 3; WHS, 1 of 3.

Turnovers: FHS, 2 fumbles lost and 1 interception; WHS, 1 fumble lost and 3 interceptions.

Tackles: Graham Pace, 6 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 interception; Braxton Wilson, 4 tackles, 2 assists; Tyler West, 4 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 assist; Antonio Ibarra, 4 tackles, 2 for loss; A. Johnson, 2 tackles, 2 assists; T. Allen, 2 tackles, 1 assist; J. Derrick, 2 tackles, 1 interception; I. Thomison, 1 block, 1 TD; Demarion McCrary, 2 tackles; T. Foxx, 1 tackle for loss, 1 assist; Xavier Gray, 1 sack, 1 assist; Calvin Hughes, 1 tackle for loss; Zayshon Pullen, 1 tackle, 1 interception; Cayian Kelso, 1 tackle; Aubre Brown, 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovery; Cam Sheridan, 1 tackle; Kevin Ladigo, 1 tackle; Colton Robinson, 1 tackle for loss; Peyton Hill, 1 tackle; Kavarion Whitaker, 1 tackle.