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Red Level falls to Fruitdale

In the last game of the season, the Red Level Tigers fell to the Fruitdale High School Pirates 46-8 last night.

The Pirates started the scoring drive with 4:58 left in the first quarter when their running back ran into the end zone for a touchdown to go up 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion.

The Tigers received the ball on the 28-yard line after the kickoff, but with 2:45 left in the first quarter, they fumbled the ball and the Pirates recovered.

After rushing from the 14-yard line, the Pirates were up 12-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers opened up the second quarter with a punt and the Pirates tacked on another touchdown from a 20 yard rush with 8:24 left in the half to go up 20-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

At the end of the half, the Tigers tasted the red zone for the first time of the game after Tucker Livings and Brody Ingram got them to the 15 yard line, but they could not convert on fourth down.

Fruitdale started with the ball in the third quarter and with 9:18 left, they had a 24-yard rushing touchdown to increase their lead 26-0.

Fruitdale kept the scoring alive when the Pirate quarterback broke for a 60-yard run to set up another Pirate touchdown. With 34.7 seconds left in the third quarter, the score was 34-0.

On the next play of Red Level’s drive, there was a fumbled snap and Fruitdale recovered.

Fruitdale had two touchdowns brought back for holding and a block in the back before the quarterback rushed from the one-yard line for a touchdown to go up 40-0.

With 6:51 left in the game, there was a little pushing and shoving between the players causing an ejection for Fruitdale. After kneeling until fourth down, the Fruitdale quarterback connected with a receiver for their last touchdown of the game to make it 46-0.

Kade Green gave some life to the tigers with 3:03 left in the game rushing for a 40-yard touchdown and tacking on the two-point conversion making it 46-8.

“As far as tonight goes and as far as this whole season has been, we play in spurts,” RLHS head coach Kenny Skipper said. “We will have two or three plays where we will play lights out and then there are two or three plays where we are not where we are supposed to be and we miss tackles. It’s just been tough.”

Skipper said his two seniors, Kade Green and Cody Kelley, have stepped up as leaders to a young team.

“We had a really young football team this year,” Skipper said. “But they have done everything we have asked them to do. They have led them the best way they knew how. They are just good kids.”

Looking forward, Skipper said he is ready to shape his young group.

“We have a good group of juniors this year,” Skipper said. “We are going to find the guys that want to be here, that love this school and they want to play this game and play it hard. We have a long way to go, but you can’t fix something overnight. This is a process.”

With the loss, the Red Level Tigers finish the season 1-9.