Fayetteville High School’s Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season, putting up big numbers Friday night in a rout of the Tigers from Mt. Pleasant High School.
FHS held Mt. Pleasant scoreless for the first half and was up 30-0 before the Tigers from Mt. Pleasant were able to put points on the board in the third quarter. Fayetteville never let up though, scoring on both offense and defense in the second half to secure a 56-20 region win.
The Tigers from Fayetteville wasted little time getting on the board, scoring on a 36-yard touchdown run by Graham Pace. Zayshon Pullen pulled in a pass from Sam Holdmeyer for the 2-point conversion, making the score 8-0.
Pace then added a 5-yard run, followed by a successful 2-point conversion run, to bring to score to 16-0.
The City Tigers increased their lead to 22-0 on a 14-yard pass from Holdmeyer to Isaiah Thomison. The extra point attempt by Thomison was no good.
Pace added his third touchdown run of the night, a 3-yard scamper, and tacked on a 2-point conversion run, to give FHS a commanding 30-0 lead before halftime.
Mount Pleasant got on the board in the third quarter, scoring on a 57-yard run. The extra point kick was no good, leaving the score at 30-6.
Zayshon Pullen hauled in a 9-yard TD pass from Holdmeyer in the third quarter for City’s next score. The 2-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 36-6.
KJ Jackson then scored on a 4-yard run, and with the successful extra point kick by Thomison, increased Fayetteville’s lead to 43-6.
With the “mercy rule” in place and a running clock, Mt. Pleasant went to the air deep in their own territory. Fayetteville’s Zayshon Pullen intercepted the Mt. Pleasant quarterback and took it in to the end zone to increase City’s lead to 50-6 after the successful Thomison kick.
Mt. Pleasant got on the board again, returning a kick 62 yards for a TD and successful extra point attempt.
The scoring continued for Fayetteville’s Tigers in the fourth, as Jaterious Derrick broke loose on an 86-yard run for a TD. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 56-13.
Mt. Pleasant added one final score on the night, taking the kickoff back 95 yards for a TD, followed by a successful extra point kick. The game ended with the Tigers from Fayetteville on top, 56-20.
By the numbers:
Total Plays: FHS, 59; MP, 37.
Passing Yards: FHS, 91, MP, 21. Holdmeyer went 9 of 14 for 91 yards and 2 TDs. Ryan Thomas was 0 of 1. Receiving, KJ Jackson caught 1 for 27 yards; Z. Pullen, 3 for 23 yards and 1 TD; I. Thomison, 2 for 22 yards and 1 TD; J. Derrick, 1 for 12 yards; and Tae Foxx, 2 for 7 yards.
Rushing Yards: FHS, 351; MP, 199. Pace had 11 attempts for 143 yards and 3 TDs with a long run of 38; J. Derrick, 2 for 93 yards, 1 TD and a long of 86; KJ Jackson, 11 runs for 75 yards, 1 TD, with a long of 17; Aljarea Johnson, 6 for 39 yards; Cam Sheridan, 1 for 4 yards; Xavier Gray, 4 for 4 yards; Ryan Thomas, 1 for 1 yard; Holdmeyer, 1 for -8.
First Downs: FHS, 19; MP, 8.
Third Downs: FHS, 3 of 8; MP, 2 of 6.
Fourth Downs: FHS, 3 of 3; MP, 1 of 3.
Turnovers: FHS, 0; MP, 3, including 1 fumble lost and 2 interceptions.
Penalties: FHS, 9 for 49 yards; MP, 3 for 15 yards.
Tackles: G. Pace, 4 tackles, 5 assists; Z. Pullen, 2 tackles, 1 interception for a TD; Braxton Wilson, 2 tackles, 1 assist, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception; Andre Thomison, 2 tackles, both for losses; J. Derrick, 1 tackle, 1 assist; A. Johnson, 1 tackle, 2 assists, 1 fumble recovery; C. Sheridan, 1 tackle, 5 assists; X. Gray, 1 tackle, 2 assists; Dalton Chriss, 1 tackle, 1 assist; Cayian Kelso, 1 tackle, 1 assist; Kevin Ladigo, 1 tackle for loss; Calvin Hughes, 1 tackle; I. Thomison, 2 assists; T. Foxx, 1 assist; Colton Robinson, 2 assists; Aubre Brown, 1 assist; Isaac Jones, 1 assist; and Jay Buchanan, 1 assist.
Kicking: I. Thomison was good on 2 PATs. He had 8 kickoffs for 408 yards, with a long of 60 yards and 1 touchback. A. Johnson had 1 punt for 52 yards.
Notes: Prior to the game, Dr. Janine Wilson, retiring director of schools, was honored for her support of Tiger football during a ceremony on the new football field.
The game was delayed for 30 minutes in the second half due to lightning.
The Tigers face a tough, 4-0 Moore County Raiders team Friday night on Tiger Hill. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.