2007-10-04 / Sports

Tigers hang on to beat Banks in 20-13 squeaker

By JOHN LOVVORN

THE STRENGTHENING TIGER DEFENSE UPENDS A BANKS COUNTY BALL CARRIER This Friday the Tigers travel to Morgan County to take on the Bulldogs in another region contest. THE STRENGTHENING TIGER DEFENSE UPENDS A BANKS COUNTY BALL CARRIER This Friday the Tigers travel to Morgan County to take on the Bulldogs in another region contest. Last Friday night the Washington- Wilkes Tigers slipped by the Banks County Leopards by a score of 20- 13. A strong goal line defense and a few long runs saved the day for the Tigers, allowing them to pick up their second region win of the season. Washington is now 2-3 on the season, and undefeated in region 8AA.

Chris Kemp started the game with a short kickoff return to the W-W 40-yard line. The Tigers came out in shotgun formation, giving quarterback Teverrius Jones more room to pass. The move paid off on the first play from scrimmage, with Jones completing a 37-yard pass to wide receiver DeDe Stewart, who made a great over-the-shoulder catch down at the Leopards' 23-yard line. An illegal procedure call against the Tigers would cause the drive to stall, however, with Eric Scott being stopped just short on fourth down. Banks County took over on its 19- yard line and went three-and-out. After the punt, Washington took back over at Banks' 48-yard line. On first down, Scott received the toss and outran the entire Leopard defense for 48-yards and the touchdown, putting the Tigers ahead 6-0 with 8:09 left in the first quarter. A 32-yard kickoff return put Banks County on its 45-yard line to start its next drive. The Leopards charged down the field with several runs for double digit gains. A 12-yard pass put Banks on the W-W three-yard line, poised to score. After allowing a gain of two yards on first down, the Tiger defense tightened up, tackling the Leopards for a loss on second, third, and fourth down. Washington took over on its seven-yard line and gave the ball to fullback Drew Wilson, who rumbled for 10 yards and a first down. Wilson again got the ball on the next play which he took 34 yards before finally being brought down at the Banks 49-yard line. Two back-to-back penalties against the Tigers threatened to stall the drive, but a 16-yard run by Jones and a 10-yard run by Wilson gave Washington another first down at the Leopards' 32-yard line. A four-yard gain by Jones on first down ended the first quarter of play.

Tiger running back Eric Scott had another game with over 200 yards rushing and broke the school record for yards gained rushing by a freshman (formerly held by Buck Mickens). More details in the next issue. Tiger running back Eric Scott had another game with over 200 yards rushing and broke the school record for yards gained rushing by a freshman (formerly held by Buck Mickens). More details in the next issue. Scott started the second quarter with an 18-yard run down to the Banks County 10-yard line. The drive would end here, however, with three short gains and an incomplete pass causing the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs. The Leopards drove out to their 28-yard line before punting again. Washington went three-and-out and punted back to Banks, who went three-and-out and punted back to the Tigers, who went three-and-out again and punted to the Leopards. Banks started on its 18-yard line after the punt. A 40-yard pass on second down put the Leopards on the W-W side of the field. Banks continued its drive down to the Washington six-yard line. On fourth-and-three, the Banks County running back broke through the line and scored, putting the Leopards on the board. The PAT was no good, keeping the score tied at 6-6 with just 23 seconds left in the half. The Tigers received the kickoff and took a knee, ending the first half of play.

Banks County got the ball first in the second half. After gaining one first down, the Leopards were forced to punt. Washington started on its 11-yard line. After no gain on first down, Scott took the handoff and broke several tackles, eventually racing all 89 yards for the touchdown. This run moved Scott into first place for most rushing yards in a season by a freshman, previously held by Timmy Mickens. Scott broke the record in only the fifth game of the season. The Tigers went for two after the touchdown, with Jones punching it to give Washington a 14-6 lead with 8:39. Banks again only gained a few yards on its next drive before having to punt. The Leopards downed the punt at the W-W one-yard line. Runs by Scott and Jones moved the ball out to the 18-yard line. On second down from the 18-yard line, Deon Jackson got the toss, broke a tackle, cut all the way back across the field, broke another tackle, and scored. Jackson's mile long run only counted as an 82-yard touchdown run, moving the Tigers ahead 20-6 after another missed extra point with 3:50 left in the third quarter. But Banks County was not going to go down without a fight. The Leopards came out in a shotgun spread formation on their next drive and started throwing. Banks drove down the field with an 11-yard pass, a 15-yard pass, and a 14-yard pass down to the W-W 26- yard line. The Tiger defense toughened up, but on fourth and long, the Leopards completed a 20-yard pass down to the Washington 11- yard line. After a short gain on first down, the quarter ended with Banks County knocking on the door.

Three plays into the fourth quarter, the Leopards scored with a four-yard pass. The Banks County kicker made the extra point, pulling Banks within seven points with 10:41 left in the fourth quarter. The Tigers went three-and-out on their ensuing possession, giving the ball back to the Leopards on their 43- yard line. Washington's defense stopped Banks before it could get its drive going, forcing and recovering a fumble on the Banks County 40-yard line. The Tigers were able to drive down into the red zone, but were stopped short on third-and-one and fourth-and-one, turning the ball over to the Leopards on their 20-yard line with just under two minutes left in the game. Washington's defense held Banks for three downs, but on fourth-and-long, the Leopards completed a 42-yard pass into Washington territory with less than a minute to play. Three short passes gave Banks County a first down on the W-W 10-yard line with 12 seconds left in the play. The Tiger defense broke up a pass over the middle on first down. On the last play of the game, the Leopard quarterback rolled out to his right searching for a receiver. When he saw that all his receivers were covered by Washington's secondary, Banks' quarterback took off running for the end zone. He made it to the W-W five-yard line, where Drew Wilson made the game winning tackle. The Tigers held on to win 20-13, with only fiveyards to spare.

Despite only putting up 20 points, the Washington-Wilkes offense gained 404 yards, 364 yards on the ground and 40 yards through the air. Scott was again the Tigers' leading rusher with 13 carries for 201 yards. Jackson was next with two carries for 84 yards, and then Wilson with four carries for 55 yards. Stewart was Washington's only receiver with two catches for 40 yards. The Tiger defense was led by Wilson with seven tackles, six assists, and a pass broken up. Next was Dexter Norman with seven tackles and one assist, and then Tevin Turman with fivetackles, four assists, one tackle-for-loss, a caused fumble, and a recovered fumble.

This Friday night, the Tigers travel to Madison to take on the Bulldogs of Morgan County. Morgan is also undefeated in region play. The Bulldogs use both a wing-T and a shotgun spread offense. Defensively Morgan County bases out of an eight man front. Kickoff is at 7:30 in Madison.

Tigers vs. Banks Co. (statistics compiled by Scott Chafin)

W-W BC
First Downs 10 19
First Downs Rushing 9 9
Yards Rushing 364 115
Yards Passing 40 200
Passes 2-7-0 13-31-0
Total Yards 404 315
No. Penalties 7 4
Yds. Penalized 38 20
Fumbles/lost 2/0 2/1
Punts/avg. 3/22.3 5/32.8
Return yards 9 71

Score by quarters

Tigers 6 0 14 0 - 20 Banks Co. 0 6 0 7 - 13

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