Tigers Win District Title Over Ennis
Friday night's game against Ennis was a classic. The Tigers rallied in
the fourth quarter to win a tight game 30-26. The Tigers built a lot
of momentum going into next week's playoff game against Seagoville.
That game will be at 7:30 at Lion Memorial Stadium in Ennis on Thursday
The Tigers opened the scoring in the game with QB Eric Gordon hitting
Keith Leerskov for the score. The Lions would respond though and tie
the game at 7. The Tigers would then go on another scoring drive that
was culminated with a brilliant catch by Jon Bauer who then broke two
tackles to get into the end zone to put the Tigers on top by 7. On the
Lions next possession the Tigers got an interception and looked like they
had momentum firmly on their side but Gordon got heavy pressure and threw an
interception to Lion DT Greg Jones who returned it for a touchdown to tie
the game back up at 14.
The Tigers would continue to struggle for much of the second quarter as
they allowed a Lion field goal and a safety to trail 19-14 before Kris Perez
booted a late field goal of his own to make the halftime score 19-17 in
favor of the Lions.
In the third quarter the Lions would extend their lead when Jake Brown
hit Andrew Novak for a 46 yard touchdown pass. The Tiger offense was
unable to take advantage of a couple of turnovers and just couldn't get
anything going at all in the third period of play and trailed by 9 going
into the fourth quarter.
The fourth was dominated by the Tigers though. On a drive where Jon
Bauer seemingly willed the team down the field Eric Gordon finished it off
with a three yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 2 at 26-24. A Tiger
interception gave the Tigers a world of confidence but the offense couldn't
muster any yards and Perez missed a long field goal attempt.
Ultimately the Tiger D held fast all period long and forced the Lions to
punt and Jon Bauer fielded the punt at around his own 30 yard line and
returned it to the Lion 30 to set up the Tigers in great field position.
Coach Henigan turned to the defensive side to give a spark and safety Ray
Sims came in and ran the ball on three straight plays with the final one
being a 26 yard touchdown that put the Tigers on top.
The Lions would drive to the Tiger 23 in the final two minutes of play
but four straight incompletions ended their chances and gave the Tigers the
victory. It was a great game all around. Jon Bauer, the Tiger
offensive line, the wide receivers, Gordon, Finley all had terrific games to
put up 30 points on one of the best defenses in 4A. The Tiger defense
was outstanding as they held Ennis to it's lowest yardage total of the year.
A great game to build on for a playoff run.