Neither team seemed to be clicking offensively in the first quarter, as both teams moved the ball but could get no points on the scoreboard. The Tigers did get a shot a field goal, after taking the ball 65 yards on a 10 play drive. However, the fieldgoal attempt sailed wide right off the foot of Uziel Hernandez. The first quarter would end with the score remaining 0-0.
Sycamore would put together a little drive to start the second quarter, but would stall out once they got into Tiger territory. The new look Macon County offense would waste no time getting on the board, as Keith Kirby hit senior Dustin Johnson streaking down the sideline for a 64 yard touchdown pass. Hernandez would add the extra point and the Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 2:55 left in the first half. It looked as if that would be the score heading into halftime, but the Tigers would get the ball back thanks to aturnover and get the ball into field goal range. Hernandez calmly nailed the 35-yard fieldgoal to put the Tigers up 10-0 heading into the intermission.
The Tigers would get the offense going early in the second half as they moved the ball 44 yards in just 7 plays, but the drive would eventually stall out and Macon County had to settle for another long fieldgoal attempt. Hernandez once again let this kick get away from him, and the kick was no good. However, the Tigers still clang to a 10-0 lead. Macon County would get the ball back in the third quarter and put together another impressive drive as they moved the ball 54 yards in just 7 plays as Spencer Young carried to ball in for a 12-yard touchdown. Hernandez added the extra point and the Tigers looked to have put the game out of reach as they went up 17-0.
The fourth quarter was just like the first three quarters, as the Tiger defense dominated the War Eagle offense, while the Macon County offense moved the ball at will. The Tigers would get another scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter, as Kirby connected with Johnson once againfor a 4-yard touchdown pass. Hernandez nailed the extra point and the Tigers went up 24-0, which ended up being the final score.
This game was totally dominated by the Tigers as the game was never really in question after the first quarter. Michael Dallas once again led the Tigers in rushing carrying the ball 22 times for 196 yards. Kirby turned in a nice game passing completing 7 of 14 balls for 152 yard and 2 TD’s. Dustin Johnson was the Tigers leading receiver hauling in 3 passes for 97 yards and 2 TD’s. Josh Clemons also caught 2 passes for 57yards. While season statistics have not been kept for all Macon County teams, Dallas can become the all-time Tiger rushing leader for a season with just 8 yards in his final two games. Josh Hudson holds the current record that I know of the 1,478 yards in 2003.
This win moves the Tigers overall record to 4-4 overall and to 2-2 in Region 4-3A action and 99.9 percent guarantees the Tigers a playoff spot. One more Tiger win or one more Station Camp loss and the Tigers willdefinitely be in the playoffs. The Tigers can expect to be traveling somewhere near Chattanooga for the first round of the playoffs playing either Chattanooga Notre Dame or Polk County. However, the Tigers still have two regular season games remaining as Greenbrier comes to town this Friday night for senior night. The Tigers will be on the road the final week of the season as they travel to Dekalb County. Let’s keep building momentum and get ready for another playoff run!