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Tigers defeat Cardinals, break into win column

By Ronny Samford
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The Tenaha Tigers used big plays to break into the win column during their 47-13 Homecoming win over the Maud Cardinals, last Saturday. The Tigers now have a 1-5 overall record and are tied atop the District 11 Class 2A leaderboard with a 1-0 conference mark.
Maud capped an 80-yard drive with a 28-yard Jake McDonald touchdown during their opening possession. They led 6-0 after Tiger Trai Gardner intercepted the Cardinal’s extra point conversion attempt.
Tenaha tied the game when Onterio Thompson capped a 73-yard Tiger scoring drive with a 14-yard touchdown,   after he spun to avoid a tackle,  and lept over a fallen teammate. Tiger Abel Rodriguez gave THS a 7-6 lead with a point-after kick with 1:51 left in the opening period.
Tenaha took a 13-6 lead when Thompson scored his second touchdown near the end of the first quarter of play.
Tenaha boosted their lead to 20-6 when Colton Goeke scored a 9-yard touchdown with 8:17 left in the first half.
The ‘Cards began to drive but Jay Lloyd intercepted a Maud pass with 2:17 left to end scoring for the second period.
Tiger fullback Christian Ashton opened the scoring in the third period with a 68-yard touchdown that had Tenahas’ Homecoming crowd on their feet. THS had gained a 26-6 lead with 11:11 still left in the third stanza. Mere moments later, Jay Lloyd scored on a 64-yard reception, and Tenaha extended their lead to 34-6, when Goeke picked up a blocked extra point attempt, and scored the live-ball for a two-point conversion.
Goeke scored again with 6:21 left in the third frame, on a 19-yard reception for a touchdown. Tenaha led 40-6.
Both the Tigers and Cardinals would add another score to their tallies in the fourth quarter of play.
Tenaha accumulated 308 yards of total offense and 13 first downs during the contest. Maud had 148 total yards.
Tenaha was scheduled to travel to Plano for a non-district game with Texas Alliance of Christian Athletes Storm football team. The game has, however, been cancelled. They will host Timpson at 7:30 p.m. on October 23.

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