Tigers Open With Win Over Bowie,
Coach Dave Henigan's first game with
the Tigers was a great start to the new era as the Tigers got the victory
34-15. The Tiger defense stifled Bowie QB Sherrod Harris for much of
the night getting in the backfield on almost every play. That stifling
D combined with the explosive touch the offense showed proved to be the
The Tigers started the
game looking somewhat sluggish. On Bowie's opening drive they took the
ball deep into Tiger territory before the Tiger D came up with a big fourth
down stop to end the drive. The Tiger offense couldn't get untracked
early either and had problems even getting a first down. But once the
first quarter ended and the second began, things changed in a hurry.
Tiger QB Eric Gordon connected with Jon Bauer for a 76 yard TD pass for the
first score of the season. Gordon would add to the scoring in the
quarter with a TD pass to Brannon Watson who caught the ball after it was
tipped by a defender covering Bauer, and just before the half Bauer would
again get the call and get his second touchdown of the night to make it 21-0
going into halftime.
The Tigers had the ball to
open the second half but were initially stopped but a gaffe on special teams
when the returner fumbled the Tiger punt turned into points a few plays
later when Gordon ran in for a touchdown from 32 yards out. Gordon's
lone costly mistake of the night came in the third when he was intercepted
by Bowie defensive back Aaron Carr. The interception gave the Vols
some momentum and Harris led them in for the score.
Jon Bauer would add his third touchdown catch of the
night in the fourth quarter and Bowie would get a punt return for a
touchdown to round out the scoring. For Tiger fans it was a great
start to the season, and the Tigers will look to keep the momentum going
next week in the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville.