[CHS-L } TIGERS 63 Dexter 13

  • From: "W. Keith Currie" <wkcurrie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CHS-list <CHS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:34:29 -0700 (PDT)

September 20, 2013  TIGERS  63  Dexter  13
 
A wet and rainy night in Dexter couldn’t slow down the
Tigers as they “reigned” down on Bearcats, cruising to a much easier than
expected 63-13 win in SEMO Central Conference play.
 
The Tigers, wearing their road white jerseys and red pants
and helmets kicked off to the Bearcats, clad in reddish/black jerseys and black
pants and helmets.  On the first
play from scrimmage, Tiger Colt Callens set the tone for the night, sacking
Dexter’s QB for a 5 yard loss.  The
Bearcats, assisted by a Tiger penalty, would gain a 1st down on a
nice pass play, but would ultimately punt to the Tigers 15.  
 
Darrell Monroe would then set the tone for the Tiger
offense, breaking loose for a 30 yard gain on the Tigers’ first offensive play. 
 The Bearcat defense then stiffened, and
forced the Tigers to punt.  On the
Bearcats’ ensuing possession, the Tiger defense would force their first of six
turnovers on the night, when Landon Stricklin recovered the Bearcat fumble at
the Tigers 41.
 
Monroe would cover the 59 yards to the endzone on first
down.  Callens PAT attempt was just
wide to the right, but the Tigers had the lead, 6-0, with 5:26 remaining in the
first quarter.  That would open a
“floodgate” of Tiger scoring in the first half.
 
Tiger QB Tyler Grissom hit Jamal Johnson with a beautiful 25
yard TD pass, which Jamal high-pointed with a great catch.  Monroe added the 
2-point run,
increasing the Tiger lead to 14-0 with 2:53 remaining in the first.  
 
The Tiger defense would get their 2nd takeaway of
the night when “Birthday Boy” Joey Middleton recovered a Bearcat fumble at the
Tigers 44.  The Tigers again
capitalized on the Bearcat mistake, again scoring on the very next play as
Monroe broke loose for a 56 yard TD run.  Callens booted the PAT.  Tigers 21  
Dexter 0 with 1:23
left in the first quarter.
 
The next Tiger possession showed that the Tigers have
numerous weapons.  Jamal Johnson
had a 20 yard run, Rod Jones had a 28 yard run, Grissom completed passes to
Jones and Adbul Johnson, and Grissom had a powerful run of 10 yards, setting up
Monroe’s 2 yard TD run.  Callens
added the PAT, increasing the Tiger lead to 28-0 with 6:26 left in the half.
 
Jamal Johnson would end the Bearcats next possession with an
interception, but just 2 plays later, the Tigers returned the favor, fumbling
the ball back over to the Bearcats.  It was the Bearcats who would take 
advantage of the turnover this
time.  Peyton Pollack passed to DJ
Dowdy for a 16 yard TD.  Makayla
Waldner added the PAT (and added HER name to Tiger football history as the
first female ever scoring a point against the Tigers), cutting the Tigers’ lead
to 28-7, with only 1:28 remaining in the half.
 
The Tigers would make excellent use of the remaining 1:28,
recovering the kickoff at their own 40, and then Monroe scored his 4th TD 
racing 60 yards to the endzone.  Callens added the PAT adding to the Tigers’ 
lead, 35-7, with still 1:08
remaining.
 
On the Bearcats 2nd play, the Tigers again forced
a fumble with Landon Stricklin getting the ball again for the Tigers.  Grissom 
then carried for 12 yards, and
again for 8 yards.  Monroe would
get into the endzone for his 5th TD of the half, from 17 yards
out.  Callens boomed the PAT,
putting the Tigers in complete control, 42-7 with 0:14 left in the half.
 
One last Tiger highlight remained in the half as Rod Jones
ended the half with an interception.
 
Did I mention Rod Jones having a highlight to end the 1st half?  Well he began 
the 2nd half with an even bigger highlight, receiving the kickoff at the 17 
Jones raced
to the left, then cut all the way back across the field to the right and outran
all Bearcat defenders for an absolutely gorgeous 83 yard kickoff return for
touchdown.  Callens tacked on the
PAT increasing the Tigers’ lead to 49-7 with 11:38 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
 
A running clock was welcomed by the fans as the intensity of
the rain would increase during the 2nd half.  The Tigers would add another 
score when
Grissom powered his way right up the middle for a 16 yard TD run.  Callens 
added the PAT, 56-7. 
 
Another birthday present for 18 year old Joey Middleton, as
he ended the Bearcats next possession with an interception.  As the 3rd quarter 
came to
an end, the Tiger starters finally were allowed to take a rest…except for QB
Grissom, who had one play in the 4th quarter.  Grissom found Daniel Fugate, and 
Fugate
made a Bearcat defender miss and then raced into the endzone for a 45 yard TD
(I think his first varsity TD)!  Callens added the PAT.  TIGERS  63  Dexter  7 
with 11:46 left in the game.
 
The Bearcats would mount a final drive, and DJ Dowdy scored
on a 4 yard run.  Waldner’s PAT was
no good.  TIGERS  63   Dexter  13
 
Tigers Xavier Williams and Lamonte Bell both got a couple of
carries as the clock was running out.  Bell ended the game with a nice 13 yard 
run.
 
The Tigers have now won 3 in a row after having started
their season with a loss to Mountain View-Birch Tree Liberty, pushing their
record to 3-1.  For those of you
who don’t like the “point system” employed by MSHSAA in ranking the teams in
each district…the Tigers are currently 2nd in the Class 2 District 1
standings…behind 1st place Malden, who the Tigers beat 32-7 at
Malden 2 weeks ago!  ;-)  The standings are really not that
important as all 8 teams in the District will have their shot at the title!
 
I was curious about the history of this series.  The Tigers and Bearcats first 
met in
1920, with the Tigers winning 18-0.  With tonight’s win, the series is in favor 
of the Bearcats, 32-42 and 2
ties.
 
Just a couple of statistical highlights:  Grissom had 2 TD passes (to Jamal
Johnson and to Daniel Fugate) and no INTs, and rushed 12 times for 80 yards and
a TD.  Monroe carried 13 times for
274 yards and 5 TDs.  Rod Jones
carried 3 times for 43 yards…and had an 83 yard KOR for TD.  The Tigers won the 
turnover battle,
causing 6 and only giving up the ball one time.
 
The Tigers will travel to New Madrid County Central next
Friday night, to take on an Eagles squad that seems to be getting better as the
season unfolds, having beaten Charleston tonight, 22-8.  Hopefully it will be a 
better night for
many Tiger fans to make the short trip up I-55 to support our Red and White
Tigers!
 
Again, thanks to Thomas Guest, for a detailed play-by-play,
scoring summary and stats, here’s how you can do it:
 
For iPhone/iPad users, download the free app called
“HSGC”.  Once downloaded select MENU, FIND A TEAM, MISSOURI, SOUTHEAST 
MISSOURI, CARUTHERSVILLE,
and then VARSITY.  From there you
can click on tonight’s game, or a previous 2013 Tiger game.
 
On your computer, go to:  
http://www.hsgamecenter.com/missouri/school/caruthersville-tigers/football/varsity/boys.
 
Another amazing part of
this technology is that you can actually “watch” the game (play-by-play) as
Thomas puts the information in during the game.
 
Many, many thanks to Thomas
for finding an app that gives us ALL of the game information we could ever
want!
 
 
GO TIGERS GO!!!
 
W. Keith Currie
CHS Class of 1983 

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