Purple Cats run up score on Tigers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 2, 2004

The Ariton Purple Cats and Head Coach Julius Head came to McKenzie Friday night looking for revenge from the 63-0 loss handed them two years ago.

"That was before my time," McKenzie Head Coach David Kirkland said. "That was undr Shane Smothers. I've got a real young team here and that was really classless of him (Head)."

The Cats found it necessary to put their sixth score on the board with 20 seconds to go in the game. On a first and goal from the 15-yard line the Cats ran in to make the score 40-0. Then, to add insult to injury, with one second left in the game, Ariton kicked the extra point.

Though the Tiger's couldn't get much going offensively, the defense stopped the Purple Cats repeatedly inside the 20 yard line including one remarkable goal-line stand in the second quarter.

Ariton had driven to the 20-yard line when the Tiger defense strengthened and sacked the quarterback twice bringing up fourth down and 27. Ariton punted from around mid-field and the ball ran into the McKenzie receiver and was recovered by Ariton on the McKenzie 10-yard line.

Three plays later and the Cats had moved the ball 10 yards to get a first down inside the one-yard line and there they were stopped. Four plays the Cats ran trying to get just one yard and four plays were stuffed behind the line of scrimmage.

"We stood up on that goal line stand and I was real proud of them," Kirkland said. "We might not be great this year but our day will come."

The Cats found it hard to move the ball on the Tigers and got four of their six scores off of big plays.

"We had some busted coverage that aloud them to capitalize," he said. "We're still real green. I mean, we have 10 sophomores and several freshman out here."

Despite their youth, the Tigers kept Ariton scoreless in the first quarter and held them to 14 points in the first half.

"We still need to work on blocking and tackling," he said. "When we

"I will say this, I was real happy to see the way these guys came out this after the loss we took last Friday," Kirkland said. "They are ready to work and ready to improve. In a year or two we're going to be back as a force."