Tiger Football dominates Manual, Win 27-6
The Tigers faced the undefeated Manual Crimson at Manual Stadium on Friday night.
The Tigers were not the least bit intimidated by Manual or that zero in the loss column. The Tigers came out fast, moving the ball 71 yards, mostly on the arm and feet of junior Desmond Ridder, with ease. The drive was capped off when Ridder walked it in from 6 yards out. This drive would set the tone for the night and the Tigers would not look back. The Tigers defense showed up and made some key sacks and deflections to keep the Crimson off the board in the first quarter. As the first quarter came to an end the Tigers were driving and still ahead 7-0.
The Tigers were forced to settle for a long field goal which junior Sam McDonogh pushed right, an uncommon miss for the Tiger place kicker who has been solid all year. When the Tigers defense forced the Crimson to punt, senior Ethan Adams was able to get through the protection and block the punt, giving the Tigers offense the ball at the Manual 43 yard line. The Tigers would score on the drive on an 18 yard catch and run by junior Sam Taylor. The teams were unable to score in the remainder of the second quarter and the score at half was still 14-0.
After receiving the second half kickoff, the Tigers defense dominated the Crimson offense, yet again, and forced a punt which resulted in a short drive and a 34 yard Sam McDonogh field which moved the score to 17-0. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by the Crimson returner around the 40 yard line and was recovered by kicker Owen Johnson. The Tigers drove inside the 10 and lined up for what appeared to be a field goal attempt when senior Corey Chitwood pitched the ball over his head to Sam McDonogh, who took off for the pylon. McDonogh was stopped at the five yard line and the Crimson got the ball back. However, the Tiger defense again stopped the Crimson and forced a punt. On the ensuing drive the Tigers were moving the ball well when the horn sounded, ending the third quarter with the Tigers still leading 17-0.
The Tigers had to settle for another field goal, this one from 31 yards, which McDonogh made pushing the score to 20-0. The Tiger defense came through big again, this time stopping the Crimson on fourth down. Ridder and the offense clinically moved the ball down the field for a touchdown, this one coming on a one yard run from Ridder. This pushed the score to 27-0 Tigers. The following kickoff was run back inside the Tigers 30 yard line. The Tigers defense finally let up as, with the better opening field position, the Crimson were able to put it into the end zone. The score after that would be 27-6 as the Crimson place kicker missed the PAT. That would be the final score and the Tigers would hand the Crimson their first loss on the season.
The Tigers offense played great and executed well but the real story of the game was the defense. When asked about the defense’s performance, Sam Taylor said, “You have to give them a lot of credit. Other than that big kickoff return, the defense really pitched a shutout.”
The Tigers will have another week to prepare for another undefeated Louisville public school in Male. The Tigers appear to be up to the challenge and will be well-prepared following another week of practice.