UMS dashes Tigers’ title dreams

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 22, 2014

Straughn’s season came to end last night in 49-19 loss to the finely-tuned UMS-Wright Bulldogs.


The Tigers began the game with the ball, but had to punt after four plays.


On the Bulldogs’ first possession quarterback Tanner Allen completed a 55-yard pass to Grant Barber that set the Bulldogs inside the 20-yard line. Troy Dixon capped the drive a few plays later with a 2-yard touchdown run. After a successful extra-point the score was 7-0.


After a short three-and-out the Tigers were once again forced to punt to the Bulldogs. Another long pass from Allen to Barber, this time for 56 yards, setup a 16-yard touchdown run from Jawon McDowell.  Following the extra-point, it was 14-0.


The Tigers picked up a pair of first downs on their next possession on a carry from Daryl George, and on a pass from Rollin Kinsaul to Marshall Farley. The drive stalled a few plays later resulting in another punt.


A few plays into the Bulldogs’ next possession, Allen connected with Chauncey Callier for a 40-yard gain. The catch put the Bulldogs inside the 10, where Dixon added a 4-yard touchdown run to cap the drive. The kick was good, and the Bulldogs led 21-0.


After forcing another three-and-out, the Bulldogs took back over on offense, and Allen threw a pass to Cutter Stimpson, for a 59-yard gain, that put the Bulldogs on the 1-yard line. Dixon finished the drive with a 1-yard score. With the extra-point the Bulldogs led 28-0.


The Tigers were held to three-and-out the following drive, and the Bulldogs’ offense put another touchdown on the board a few plays later. Allen hit Barber, with a pass, who then raced 39 yards for the touchdwon. With the extra-point the Bulldogs were up 35-0.


With just under four minutes left in the half the Tigers got the ball, and put together their best drive of the game. Kinsaul connected with Ethan Wilson on a 27-yard pass, and two passes to Jacob Whatley that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Kinsaul. The extra-point was no good leaving the score at 35-6.


On the first play of the second half the Bulldogs’ Dixon broke off a 76-yard touchdown run. The score was 42-6 after the successful extra-point.


The Tigers got the ball back, and proved they weren’t going down without a fight. The Tigers used a 10-play, 62-yard drive to put up more points. Jarvaris Samuel scored from 8 yards out, but the two-point conversion failed leaving the score 42-12.


The Bulldogs got their final score on a 16-yard touchdown by Dixon. It was Dixon’s fifth touchdown of the night. The score was 49-12 after the extra-point.


Daryl George capped off the scoring for the Tigers with a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. It was George’s 20th touchdown of the season. For the final score of 49-19.


“They dominated in every aspect. Hats off to them they are a great football team,” Straughn head coach Trent Taylor said. “They had some things go right for them early, and got momentum, and we just couldn’t come back. The kids played hard the whole time. I’m really really proud of the these kids, especially the seniors. In their careers they have played an entire season’s worth of playoff of games. That was the 11th game for them outside of regular season play. What they have accomplished over the past three or four years has been outstanding. It will hurt but they will realize what they accomplished. This is a great group of kids. There at the end they were coming saying “hey put so-and-so in,” guys that were seniors that didn’t play as much. They are always thinking about somebody else.”