Tiger Football cruises to a 41-12 victory over Fairdale
On Senior Night and Future Tiger Night, the Tiger Football team defeated the Fairdale Bulldogs 41-12 to move to 3-1 on the season. The Tigers finished with 258 total offensive yards and held the Bulldogs to 187 total yards. The stats were a bit skewed, as much of the Bulldog’s yards came in garbage time.
The Tigers were led by a strong burst of energy at the beginning of the game with both the offense and defense clicking. The first drive of the game ended with a bang, as senior quarterback Noah Houk scored on a 29 yard run.
“It was a nice little read play,” said Houk. “I got to give all the credit to TaiJon (Smith) who made a great fake and the lineman and receivers who blocked well. Without them, I would not have been able to do it.”
Four plays into the first Fairdale possession, senior Brandon Blaser intercepted a Bulldog pass and turned the interception into a pick six to put the Tigers up 14-0.
“The number one receiver that I had, went in; I broke up on the ball, it went right to me and caught it. I saw no one behind me, so I just kind of jogged into the end zone with my teammates,” said Blaser. “It felt great. I just felt unreal going into the end zone with my brothers.”
The next possession after that Logan Butler continued the “No Fly Zone” domination, as he intercepted a pass from Fairdale quarterback Dylan Garcia. Five plays after that, senior running back Taijon Smith punched in a touchdown from one yard out. With two minutes to go in the 1st quarter, the Tigers were driving again. Houk threw a dime to junior Colin O’Daniel, who made a defender fall, as he caught the ball and ran into the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown.
That touchdown was O’Daniel’s first ever varsity level touchdown, and he could tell the difference. “It was a whole lot more hype. Everyone is around you, and everyone is intense. It’s a big game. It’s varsity. It counts, and it’s just a lot more lighthearted and fun.”
Starting the second quarter, junior QB AJ Breit led the Tigers down the field, and sophomore running back Sam Taylor brought home another touchdown for the Tigers from two yards out to make it 34-0. The scoring stayed the same until 4:48 minutes left in the third quarter, when junior linebacker Chris Beets scored the last touchdown of the night off a pick-sick to give the Tigers their 41 points.
Junior running back John Martinez had as strong game as well, as he had 6 carries for 45 yards.
“It was mostly my blocking down field. I had my wide receivers come over and cut them off for me,” said Martinez. “Tyler Haycraft down field had a couple of key blocks. It was a great feeling.”
Fairdale finished the game strong, as they put in two touchdowns during garbage time. Fairdale has now lost 15 straight games, but there are signs of improvement, as they held their own in the second half when the second and third strings were out on the field.
The Tiger Football team will return to action next Friday night, as they take on Moeller High School out of Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m.
Go Tigers! We Are!