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Tigers lose season opener
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The Tigers traveled to Glynn Academy to start the regular season of play. After a one-hour rain delay, both teams took to the drenched field and battled it out defensively.
The tight game pitted the defenses against each other for a scoreless game until some problems with the Tigers’ coverage on the kickoff gave Glynn great field position in the second half.
The Red Terrors were able to capitalize on that error. With good field position on the Tigers’ 30-yard line, and newfound confidence and momentum, they were able to drive the ball into the end zone. It was the only score in the game.
Overall, head coach Jim Walsh was pleased his defense was able to hold the Red Terrors to only three first downs. And the Tigers offense was able to make 13 first downs, but a series of penalties and a miscues kept them out of the end zone.
“We had a lot of offensive penalties that hurt us,” Walsh said. “We had 260 yards in total offense. We were averaging 4-1/2 yards per play. We just couldn’t get it punched in. We had all the opportunities in the world but we just did not get that score. We were our own worst enemy Friday night. It was not anything that Glynn did.”
Walsh said the team stuck to the game plan and kept things simple. In doing so, he said, it was the best execution he has seen offensively for the Tigers in a long while. While nursing some still injured players, Walsh put in his younger sophomores and juniors and was impressed with their abilities to stay in the game, especially sophomore Urlick John, who impressed the entire coaching staff with this performance for the night.
 For the offense, quarterback Josh Magaw was 7 of 16 for 75 yards, according to Walsh, and he said many of the missed passes were due to the receivers inability to catch the ball and not on Magaw’s ability to throw. For the rest of the offense it was key players, such as Sheldon Barnes, Demario Day and the entire offensive line, who were credited for their outstanding play.
Walsh said that statistically the Tigers dominated the game, but in the end it is the final score that counts.
“When you play a game that you pretty much have control of, but at the end it doesn’t go your way that’s disappointing,” Walsh said. “I’m disappointed we lost. The kids are disappointed we lost, especially when we had an opportunity to tie it up at the end.”
Near the end of the game the Tigers had the ball on the three-yard line with a chance to tie the game, but time ran out.
The Tigers bring their game home against Griffin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. They have another home game the following Friday Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. facing Coffee that will be broadcast live on WOAH 106.3 FM.
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