TIGERS ARE STILL ALL-IN: Straughn’s season ends with 1st-round loss

Published 12:05 am Friday, November 11, 2016

Straughn’s defenders deliver a big hit on a Wicksburg player. Josh Dutton/Star-News

Straughn’s defenders deliver a big hit on a Wicksburg player.
Josh Dutton/Star-News

The Straughn Tigers’ season might not have gone the way that they envisioned, but they showed vigilance and pride during each game.

“I’m very proud of this group of guys,” Straughn head coach Chris Wilson said. “They never quit, regardless of the situation they just kept fighting.”

Straughn got the year started with a last-second victory over Class 1A powerhouse Brantley Bulldogs.

After the win over Brantley, Straughn hosted cross-county rival Opp. Straughn kept the game neck-and-neck in the first half, but the Bobcats’ speed prevailed in the end.

The Tigers then went on a two-game win streak with wins over Class 3A, Region 2 opponents Providence Christian and Wicksburg.

Straughn traveled to Dothan and picked up road win over a tough Providence Christian team, and forced a miss on a last second field goal attempt against Wicksburg to start off region play with a 2-1 record.

“We had some great seniors leaders this year,” Wilson said. “Peyton Thomas, Matt Worley and Jacob Hawkins really went above and beyond this year.”

Straughn fell to Geneva 28-12 following the bye, but the pitched a shutout the next week with 41-0 win over Houston Academy.

The Tigers kept the game close against Daleville, who at the time was undefeated in region play, but Straughn fell 48-37.

Straughn then entered the Class 3A state playoffs as No. 4-seed and had to go on the road to take on the No. 3-ranked Mobile Christian Leopards.

Nearing the halfway point of the game, Straughn narrowly missed tying the game 7-7.

Straughn continued to slug it out with Mobile Christian in the second half of the game, but the Leopards were able to come away with a 21-7 victory to end the Tigers’ season.

“This is a really good group of guys,” Wilson said. “The season might not have gone like they wanted, but I’m very proud of each and every one of them.”