Straughn’s luck changes

Published 12:15 am Saturday, October 3, 2015

Staff reports


Straughn’s Tigers (2-4, 2-2) got their second win and their second Region 2 win in a 39-0 rout over the Montgomery Catholic Knights Friday night.

The Tigers struggled in the first half, and were only up 6-0 at the half. That score came late in the second quarter, in a drive which depended heavily upon the strength of Malik Parker, who powered the Tigers down the field. Parker set Straughn up to score with a 30-plus yard run to get the Tigers in scoring position. The visitors were at fourth-and-inches on the Knights’ 6 when Barrett Bush picked up the first down. The kick was no good, and with 3:11 left, the Tigers went up 6-0.

But the second half was all theirs.

On Straughn’s opening possession, in what looked to be a busted play, Javaris Samuel broke lose and went almost 70 yards to paydirt. A two-point conversion attempt failed, and with 8:27 left in the third, Straughn had a 12-0 lead.

Two minutes later, relying again on three strong carries by Parker, Straughn scored again, extending the lead to 18-0 with 6:14 left in the third.

The next time the Tigers took possession, the Tigers scored on a 19-yard Javaris Samuel run in the first play of the fourth. This time, C.J. Philpot kicked good, and the Tigers extended their lead to 26-0 with 11:49 left in the game.

In Straughn’s next possession, Javaris Samuel again broke loose to score, upping the lead to 32-0 with 9:38 left to play.

Saumels also got the Tigers’ final score with just under 6 minutes left. Philpot kicked good, and the Tigers ended four weeks on the road with a big “W.”

Straughn celebrates homecoming next week against Ashford.