Tigers need a win

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 16, 2015


Fresh off a big homecoming victory, the Straughn Tigers (3-4, 3-2) look to clinch a playoff spot with a victory over Class 4A, Region 2 foe Bullock County (1-6, 0-5) Friday night in Straughn.


This will be the fourth times the Hornets and Tigers have meet on the gridiron, with Straughn winning all three previous contests. Last season, Straughn blew the Hornets away, 47-8.


Bullock County comes into the game with a six-game losing streak with their only win coming in week one in a 14-0 victory over Barbour County.


Straughn not only enters the game with a two-game win streak, but the Tigers have also pitched shutouts in consecutive games. Two weeks ago, Straughn blanked Montgomery Catholic 39-0, and last week, they kept Ashford scoreless in a 27-0 win.


Straughn enters the game having scored 133 points, and they have given up only 151 points.


Straughn enters the game as in fourth place in Region 2 with a one-game advantage over Ashford. If the Tigers defeat Bullock County or Ashford loses to St. James, Straughn will clinch the fourth place spot and a playoff berth.


On defense, linebackers Javaris Samuel and Barrett Bush have led the Tigers. The ball-hawking backers have totaled more than 200 tackles between them. Samuel has tallied 118 total tackles with three sacks, and Bush has 98 tackles, one sack, one interception, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.


Riley Eiland and Matt Worley have also been key pieces to the Tigers’ defense.


Bullock County has had trouble putting the ball in the end zone all year, and have only scored 76 points.


The Hornets defense hasn’t faired much better, as they have allowed 205 points this season. Last week, Saint James knocked off the Hornets 34-6.


Samuel is also big part of the Tigers’ offense and has picked up 361 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season.


After facing Straughn, Bullock County has Montgomery Catholic and Notasulga left on the schedule. Straughn’s only remaining game after Bullock County will be against region and cross-county rival Andalusia.


Kickoff between the Hornets and the Tigers will be at 7 p.m. The Tigers will also be honoring 13 of their players for Senior Night.