Tigers Put Stinger in Yellow Jackets 77-0

 
 
   If you are playing high school football in Texas after Thanksgiving you probably pretty good. The Tenaha Tigers have done that 7 years and will continue that streak this week as they defeated the Meridian Yellow Jackets 77-0 Friday night in Fairfield.
    The Yellow Jackets received the opening kickoff and took over on their on their own 8 yard line. After facing a 4th and 10 the Yellow Jackets punted the ball away and the Tigers took over on the 28 yard line. After a penalty moved the ball back to the 33 JaQualin took the hand off from Horn and 13 yards down to the 20 yard line. After a 4 yard run by Thompson and a 6 yard run by Garrett, to bring the ball to the 10 yard line Trai Gardner took the hand off and went in for the touchdown and the Tigers led 7-0 with 9:20 left in the first quarter. After the kickoff the Yellow Jackets took over at the 19 yard line, after gaining a first down to the 29 yard line, Cody Foshee picked off a John Anderson pass and bought it back to the 23 yard line. On the first play Horn Gardner on a 23 yard touchdown pass and the Tigers led 14-0 with 6:33 left in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets fumbled on 2nd and 9 and the Tigers took over on the 20 yard line. On first and ten Horn picked up 12 yards down to the 8 yard line, then a 7 yard pass to Gardner put the ball at the one yard line, from their Onterio Thompson went in for the Tiger touchdown to bring the score to 21-0 with 4:55 in the first quarter.
    On the Yellow Jackets next possession facing a 4th and 14 they punted the ball away and the Tigers took over on the 43 yard line. On 2nd down and 5 Horn's pass was intercepted by the Yellow Jackets and they took over on the 24 yard line but it didn't take but 3 plays for the Tigers to get the ball back as Foshee intercepted the Yellow Jacket pass and the Tigers took over at the 20 yard line. It only took the Tigers 2 plays to score as Jay Lloyd went in from the 7 yard line and the Tigers led 28-0 after the first quarter. After another Yellow Jacket punt the Tigers took over on the 27 yard line and on the first play of the 2nd quarter Horn hit Christan Ashton on a 7 yard touchdown pass and the Tigers led 35-0. The Tigers got the ball back with 7:08 in the second quarter and it only took the Tigers 3 plays to score as Horn hit Thompson on a 18 yard touchdown pass and the Tigers led 42-0. After the kickoff the Yellow Jackets fumbled on the first play and the Tigers took over on the 34 yard line and on the first play Gardner hit pay dirt with a 34 yard run and the Tigers led 49-0. The Yellow Jackets fumbled the kickoff and the Tigers took over on the 22 yard line, with Garrett carry the ball every play he scored on a 2 yard run and the Tigers 56-0 with 3:49 left in second quarter.
    After the Yellow Jackets went 4 and out the Tigers took over on the 20 yard line. After a couple of runs by Garrett to bring the ball to the 40 yard line, Thompson took the hand off and went 60 yards down the sideline to put the Tigers up 63-0 at halftime.
     The Tigers received the second half kickoff and started on their own 23 yard line and on the first play Gardner took the direct snap and went 77 yards for the touchdown and the Tigers led 70 with 10:53 left in the 3rd quarter. With the clock running and the Tigers playing their JV players the Tigers elected to kick field goals to hold down the score as Abel Rodriquez connected on a 27 yard field goal in the 3rd quarter and a 25 yard  field goal in the 4th quarter to bring the final score to 76-0.
    Coach Horn said after the game he was really happy with the way the kids played.  Mentally we played well against the trick plays and formation they tried. We need to clean up some tackling and pursuit issues and play more disciplined presnap, eliminate the false starts and offsides and I think those are unacceptable. A great effort by the kids, what a tremendous group of young men, they came to work all week and thoroughly prepared themselves to perform and they did. I love these kids, they have passion and a tremendous work ethic. Truly young men of the highest caliber. When you have that combined with the talent you have something special.
    The Tigers will now travel to Bryan to take on Iola a 28-6 winner over Cumby. Game time will be 1:00 PM. The Tigers have play Iola twice the last time in 2014 when the Tigers won 35-28 and in 1998 when the Tigers knocked off Iola 34-0 in rout to the State Championship.
    Coach Horn had this to say about Iola, they will present a new challenge as they run the slot t and a good team built on playing great defense. I expect a tough ball game but the kids will work hard during the holidays and prepare themselves. The winner of the Tenaha- Iola game will take on the winner of the Bremond-Maud game for the Regional Championship next week.