Tigers make changes, win 34-7

Published 12:43 am Saturday, September 10, 2011

Straughn's Tigers made some changes in their preparation for Alabama Christian this week. The Tigers utilized turnovers, and cashed them in for the 34-7 win. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn’s Tigers took advantage of key opportunities on both sides of the ball to come away with a 34-7 victory over Region 2 rival Alabama Christian Academy, improving to 2-1 for the season and 1-1 in the region.

The Tigers were a different team Friday night than they were against St. James in Montgomery last week.

“We made a lot of changes this week and our guys really responded well to all the changes,” head coach Trent Taylor said. “We have to get better on defense with wrapping guys up and staying with tackles.”

Straughn took their first possession of the game and never looked back. Keith Edgar scored his first of two touchdowns, capping off an impressive 15-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Following a short kick, the Eagles took over in good field position and moved the ball deep into Tiger territory. The drive was brought to a stop when Devin Scott was able to pick off a pass from the Eagles quarterback.

The Tiger defense created another turnover on the Eagles’ next possession by forcing and recovering a fumble.

This time the Tiger offense took full advantage of the turnover and turned it into points after Chase Short made a short run up the middle to give the Tigers a 13-0 lead.

After the Tiger defense forced a turnover on downs, the Tigers’ offense took the turnover and turned it to another six points. Senior quarterback Zack Turvin was able to get into the end zone from eight yards out with just 6.1 seconds left in the first half. Following the 2-point conversion, the Tigers took a 21-0 halftime lead to the locker room.

The Tigers’ first possession of the second half was another impressive drive, taking up four-plus minutes on 10 plays. Short added his second touchdown run of the night, scoring from three yards out to give the Tigers a 28-0 advantage.

The Eagles where able to get on the scoreboard when running back Danny Madison scored on a 13-yard run to cut the lead to 28-7. But that would be all the scoring the Tiger defense would allow.

The Tigers scored the final touchdown of the night with a defensive touchdown when Edgar stepped in front of Rick Solar’s pass attempt, picking off the pass and racing 80 yards for the touchdown to give the Tigers a final score of 34-7.

Straughn will host Hillcrest-Evergreen next Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.