PHS takes 44-32 county win at RLHS

Published 1:07 am Saturday, September 8, 2012

Red Level's Dee Tolbert scored four touchdowns for the Tigers last night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Pleasant Home and Red Level met on Bobby Dye Field and the Eagles walked away with a big 44-32 victory in region action Friday night.

Red Level took the lead early when Dee Tolbert scored from 6 yards out. A conversion attempt failed, and the Tigers were up 6-0.

Pleasant Home answered a few plays later, when John Newby found space and scooted 47 yards. The two-point conversion was good, and the Eagles took an 8-6 lead.

After forcing a PHS fumble, led by the legs and arms of Tolbert, the Tigers again took the lead when Tolbert hit William Crawford streaking up the middle of the field for a 15-yard TD.

The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, but the Tigers held a 12-8 lead.

After forcing a turnover on downs, the Eagles took a lead that they wouldn’t give back. With just under a minute to play in the first half, Douglas Smith punched the ball in from two yards out and Cameron Hill ran in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 16-12 lead.

The Eagles got the ball to open the second half and continued right were they left off, driving the ball 68 yards on eight plays with Jon Cole Chesser adding a touchdown from 8 yards out and with a successful conversion the lead was at 24-12.

After the teams exchanged fumbles and the Tigers were forced to punt, Chesser added his second touchdown, this time scoring from 48 yards to stretch the Eagles’ lead to 30-12.

The Eagles defense forced another Tiger punt but the punt was muffed and the Tigers recovered the ball deep in Eagle territory and took advantage as Tolbert scored from 2 yards out for his third touchdown of the contest.

A quick touchdown from the Eagles when Austin Herrington went 52 yards for the score on the second play of the possession gave the Eagles a 36-20 lead.

The Eagles appeared to be closing the door on the game when Cameron Hill took a handoff and went 32 yards for another Eagle touchdown and extended the lead to 44-20.

Tolbert was not about to give up on this game and he showed it by returning the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for the touchdown, weaving in and out of defenders before just using shear speed down the sideline for the score.

Tolbert’s day wasn’t quite done yet when a host of Tigers hit the Eagles’ quarterback jarring the ball loose, where he was right there to pick up the ball and race 54 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game.

Eagle’s head coach Cody McCain said, “We played sloppy and had some turnovers and we couldn’t ever put them away they just kept on fighting which is a testament to them.