SGA wins over Tiftarea, 14-7
Last Friday night Tiftarea Academy traveled all the way to Damascus to play the 3-1 Warriors. The game started off slow for the Warriors as the Tiftarea Panthers scored early in the first quarter, making the game 0-7. The Tiftarea Panthers were the first passing football team the Warriors had played all year, and it took the defense a little while to figure it out. No worries, though, because the Warrior defense eventually found their groove and put a stop to their yard gainage. After the Panthers scored their touchdown early in the game, the first half was kind of restless. The two teams went back and forth, and no touchdowns were made by the Warriors when the halftime buzzer rang. There must have been an intense halftime speech coming from the Warrior coaches because the players got it together and made something happen during the second half. Will Warren ran a long touchdown to put the Warriors on the board, and Austin Cowart made the extra point with ease. The score was 7-7. Early in the fourth quarter the Panthers were working their way down the field when Teel Massey caught an interception that potentially changed the tide of game in favor of the Warriors. Will Warren soon found the end zone again, followed by another good kick by Austin Cowart. The Warriors were now ahead 14-7. Our defense proved to be strong once again when the Panthers got the ball on their 5 yard line with 27 yards to go. The defense did their job and won them the game. The final score was 14-7, making the Warriors, 4-1.
The Warrior offense had 10 first downs, 270 yards total with 2 TDs. Our offense rushed for 254 yards and only passed for 16 yards. The leading rushers were Will Warren with 184 yards with 2 TDs and Stephen Jackson for 67 yards. Stephen Jackson was also the leading receiver for 16 yards. Reid O’Hearn also stepped in to fill the quarterback position during the second half of the game due to injuries with the first and second string quarterbacks. He passed for 16 yards. Austin Cowart was 2 for 2 on the extra point conversions.
The Warrior defense held the Panthers to 9 first downs, one less than Warrior offense, and also had 270 yards total but with 1 TD. The leading tacklers for the Warriors were Garrett Vann with 11 tackles, Thomas Vines with 8 tackles, Cabe Rathel with 7 tackles, and Payson Trawick and Hunter Phillips with 6 tackles.
The Warriors will play another home game next Friday at 7:30 against Westville.
Hardee’s player of the game: Jr. Cabe Rathel.
Offensive Player of the Game: Jr. Reid O’Hearn.
Defensive Player of the Game: Jr. Taft Logan.
Lineman of the game: (offensive player) Sr. Joe Lawrence, Sr. Ben Chandler, Jr. Tanner Powell, Sr. Dylan Cody, Sr. Tanner Nolf.
Special Teams Player of the Game: Jr. Tanner Powell
Subway Co-Player of the Week: Sr. Teel Massey and Sr. Hunter Phillips