[CHS-L } Re: TIGERS 41 Lutheran North 56

  • From: Shonda Young <syoung@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: chs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:47:56 -0600

Wow!!! Thanks keith for that last, powerful report. I will miss our senior
players too. They were great role models for the underclassmen and so much
fun to watch on the field!

What an incredible season for the whole team.
On Nov 17, 2013 9:41 PM, "W. Keith Currie" <wkcurrie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> November 16, 2013  TIGERS  41  Lutheran North  56
> As most of you know, I have typed a “biased summary” of every
> Caruthersville Tiger football game, win or lose, for the last 10 years.  Due
> to my personal “bias”, I can honestly say that this will be the most
> difficult summary that I have ever had to type.  You see, my oldest
> daughter is a senior, and she is one of the most devoted Caruthersville
> Tigers fans out there.  We were kidding her that she has shed more tears
> over lost Tigers games than over boys!  ;-)  This years’ Senior Tigers
> will always have a special place in my heart.  I have literally seen
> EVERY game these boys have ever played as Tigers, from 7th grade…all the
> way until today.  It has truly been an honor to watch those guys grow
> into young men.  It also made it easy as they never lost a game in 7thgrade 
> or 8
> th grade, and amassed a 43-8 total record as varsity Tigers.  More on
> them and their accomplishments later…on to the summary.
> It was a colder than expected day in the northern St. Louis area as the
> Crusaders of Lutheran North (hereinafter referred to as “LN”) played host
> to our Tigers in the Missouri Class 2 Quarterfinals.  Lots of wind, and
> even a little bit of rain also made conditions for the fans a little
> unpleasant, but the field was fair and the conditions did not appear to
> have a substantial negative impact on either team.
> The Tigers won the toss and deferred to the 2nd half.  The Tigers, clad
> in their red pants, white jerseys and red helmets kicked off to LN.  The
> game started perfectly for the Tigers as the Tiger defense forced a 3 and
> punt, giving the Tigers the ball in great field position at the LN43.  Darrell
> Monroe carried for 8 yards on 1st down.  Tyler Grissom’s 2nd down pass
> was incomplete.  Monroe carried for 6 yards and a 1st down.  Monroe then
> carried for 3 yards.  A Tiger false start penalty made it 2nd and 12.  Grissom
> passed to Colt Callens for 9 yards.  Monroe carried for 5 and another 1stdown.
> Grissom ran for 2 yards.  Grissom passed to Jamal Johnson for 10 yards
> and a 1st and goal from the 5.  Monroe carried for 2 yards.  Jamal
> Johnson would get the Tigers on the board with a 3 yard touchdown run.  
> Callens
> added the PAT, and the Tigers had the early lead, 7-0 with 6:47 left in the
> 1st quarter.
> Tiger seniors…every name mentioned thus far are senior Tigers!
> After the kickoff, the Crusader started from their own 25.  Carl Thomas
> and Isaiah Holman had a couple of nice runs, before Justin Baker passed to
> Holman for a 52 yard TD.  Alex Diedrich added the PAT, knotting it up at
> 7-7, with 4:54 left in the first.
> Starting from their own 15, the Tiger offense looked nothing like they did
> on the 1st drive.  Monroe carried for 1 yard. Grissom carried for 2 yards.
> Grissom threw an incomplete pass, and the Tigers were forced to punt.  First
> kicking game disaster…LN blocked Callens’ punt, giving LN the ball at the
> Tigers 21.
> Holman ran for 4, Thomas for 10, and then Thomas for the 7 yard TD.  Diedrich
> added the PAT.  TIGERS  7  LN 14 with 2:46 left in the 1st.
> The Tigers offense faired no better on their next possession.  A Grissom
> pass was intercepted by Baker, who returned it to the Tigers 23.
> Thomas carried for 12 yards, and then for 2 yards, and again for no gain
> as the 1st quarter came to an end with LN threatening deep in Tiger
> territory.
> Thomas carried for 5 yards.  Baker would get the TD on a 4 yard run.  Diedrich
> added the PAT.  Tigers  7  LN  21 with 11:17 left in the half.
> The Tigers went exclusively to the air on their next possession, but 3
> incomplete passes forced the Tigers to punt again.  LN would take over at
> midfield.
> Baker threw an incomplete pass. Thomas carried for 5 yards.  Pass
> incomplete, setting up a critical 4th and 5.  Baker dropped back to pass,
> then sprinted to the sideline for a 7 yard gain, and a 1st down.  Baker
> then ran for 3 yards, and then passed to Brandon Sumrall down to the Tigers
> 7 yardline.  Thomas carried for 6 yards to the 1.  Baker then sneaked it
> in from there.  Diedrich added the PAT.  TIGERS  7  LN 28 with 8:23 left
> in the half.  It appeared the route was on, with the Tigers offense
> having had no success since their 1st drive.
> Starting from their own 23, Grissom hit Jamal Johnson for a gain of 8.  
> Grissom
> then ran for 4 yards, and the 1st Tiger 1st down in a while.  Grissom
> would throw an icomplete pass, then pass to Jamal for a gain of 6 and
> another incomplete pass on 3rd down.  Callens punted, pinning the
> Crusaders at their own 5.
> Homan carried for 2 yards.  LN’s Jamal Johnson (yes, a Jamal Johnson on
> both teams) carried for 6 yards.  Thomas carried for 4 yards and a 1stdown.
> Baker passed for 33 yards to Holman to the Tigers 28.  Baker hit Holman
> again for 13 yards to the Tigers 15.  Thomas carried for 2.  Holman
> carried for 3 yards setting up 3rd and 5.  A LN false start penalty moved
> LN back to the 15.  On 3rd and 10 Baker threw incomplete.  On 4th and 10,
> Baker was sacked by Callens at the Tigers 18.
> Now, the Tigers we expected to see.  Grissom hit Monroe, who made the
> catch, made a man miss and outran the Crusaders 82 yards to the house.  
> Callens
> added the PAT.  TIGERS  14 LN  28 with 1:47 left in the half.
> The Crusaders were forced to punt after 3 downs, giving the ball back to
> the Tigers with 1:24 left in the half.  If the Tigers could score, they
> could get within 1 TD and have a bunch of momentum for the 2nd half.  Even
> if they didn’t score, momentum seemed to be on the side of the Tigers.
> From their own 24, Grissom threw incomplete, ran for 4, and threw another
> incomplete pass, setting up 4th and 6 from their own 28.  Another kicking
> game disaster, as Holman took the punt at his own 48, ran to his left, and
> down the sideline before making several Tigers defenders miss and scoring
> on the 52 yard punt return, with just 17 seconds left in the half.  Diedrich
> added the PAT.  TIGERS  14  LN  35…momentum Lutheran North…or so it
> seemed!
> It was Tiger sophomore Rodrick Jones who would quickly shift the momentum
> in the Tigers favor.  Jones took the 2nd half kickoff at the 14, weaved
> his way through the coverage and then outran everyone to the HOUSE.  86
> yard KOR for TD.  Callens added the PAT.  TIGERS  21  LN  35
> The Crusaders would fumble the kickoff, and the Tigers recovered at the LN
> 26.  The Crusader defense seemed poised to stop the Tigers, after
> stopping Monroe  for 1 yard, Grissom for 1 yard, and Monroe again for 2
> yards.  On 4th and 6 from the 22, Monroe showed why he should be the
> unanimous choice for the Carr Trophy as he bulled his way into the open
> field and sprinted into the endzone.   Callens added the PAT.  TIGERS  28
> LN  35 with 9:49 left in the 3rd quarter, and putting the Tigers right
> back into the ballgame.
> The Crusaders offense would answer however.  Thomas ran for 3.  Holman
> ran for no gain.  On 3rd and 7, it was again Baker picking up the crucial
> 1st down with a 9 yard run.  Baker threw incomplete.  Holman was hit it
> the backfield by Malik Monroe, broke free, but was dropped for a loss of 8
> by Monroe, setting up a 3rd and 18.  On probably the most critical play
> of the game, the Tigers defense blew their coverage and Baker took
> advantage, finding Sumrall for a 58 yard bomb, to the Tigers 7.  Thomas
> ran for 2, then it was Holman with the 5 yard TD run.  Diedrich added the
> PAT.  TIGERS  28  LN  42 with 6:00 left in the 3rd.
> The Tigers then fumbled the kickoff, but recovered at their own 15.  Hunter
> Trevathan carried for a 10 yard gain and a 1st down.  Grissom threw
> incomplete.  Monroe carried for 4, and again for only 1 on 3rd down.  Callens
> punted to the Crusaders 42.
> Thomas carried for 3.  Baker incomplete.  Holman for 5, setting up 4thand 2.
> Baker gained just enough for the 1st down.  Thomas ran for 2.  Baker ran
> for 1.  Again, a complete breakdown in the Tiger pass coverage as Baker
> found Demarcus Dotson wide open (and I mean wide open) for a 45 yard TD
> pass…and perhaps the final nail in the Tigers coffin.  Diedrich added the
> PAT.  TIGERS  28  LN  49 with 1:30 left in the 3rd quarter.
> The actual final nail would come on LN’s next possession, which followed
> the Tigers 3rd botched kicking game play as again LN blocked another
> punt, giving the Crusaders the ball at the Tigers 39.
> A Tiger pass interference penalty moved the Crusaders to the Tigers 22.  Baker
> passed for 17 yards to Thomas.  Dotson ran for 4.  Thomas would score
> from the 1.  Diedrich added the PAT.  TIGERS  28  LN  56 with 11:07 to go
> in the game.
> The Tigers were done, right?  WRONG…as there is NO quit in these Tigers.
> The Tigers started from their own 20.  Grissom passed to Trevathan for 10
> yards.  Grissom passed to Callens, who made a spectacular sliding catch
> for a gain of 28.  Grissom ran for 6 yards, then passed to Trevathan  for
> 5 yards.  Grissom ran for 2, and then again hit Trevathan for a gain of
> 19 to the Crusaders 10.  Grissom passed again to Trevathan for 2 yards,
> then Grissom ran for a gain of 6.  Monroe would power his way in from the
> 2 for the TD.  Callens added the PAT.  TIGERS  35  LN  56
> The Crusaders recovered the onside kick attempt.  Thomas  ran for 5 yards
> to the Tigers 41.  Holman ran for 1 yard.  Malik Monroe then sacked
> Baker, setting up a 4th down.  Callens then recorded a sack, dropping
> Baker at midfield, giving the Tigers the ball.
> Grissom passed to Monroe for 20 to the Crusaders 30.  Grissom threw
> incomplete.  Grissom passed to Trevathan, but for a loss.  Grissom then
> passed to a leaping Callens for a gain of 14.  LN would give the Tigers a
> 1st down by jumping offside.  2 plays later, Grissom passed to Callens
> for a 16 yard TD.  The PAT failed.  TIGERS  41  LN  56
> The Crusaders recovered the onside kick attempt and from there were able
> to gain 2 1st downs and run out the clock…and the Tigers season.  TIGERS
> 41  LN  56
> Lutheran North will play host to 2-time defending Missouri Class 2
> Champions, the Lamar Tigers, who beat Mountain View Liberty 35-0 on
> Saturday.
> The Tigers end their season at 10-2, losing to Mountain View Liberty in
> the first week, then 10 consecutive wins and today’s loss to Lutheran North.
> Let me take a few minutes to talk about the careers of these senior Tigers.
> First, I should introduce each of them.
> #7 Tyler Grissom; #8 Chris Wade; #10 Abdul Johnson;  #13 Devonta Nichols;
> #14 Jamal Johnson; #21 Darrell Monroe; #50 Joey Middleton; #66 Devonte
> Anderson; # 70 Brenton Carter; # 71 Grant Marshall; and #81 Colt Callens.
> As I mentioned before, they never lost a game in middle school.
> As freshmen,  they were undefeated, until losing to Maplewood Richmond
> Heights in the quarterfinals, finishing the season 12-1.
> As sophomores, they finished the season 11-2, again losing to Maplewood
> Richmond Heights in the quarterfinals.
> As juniors, they finished 10-3, avenging the previous losses to MRH, but
> losing to eventual state champion, Lamar, in the semifinals.
> And again, as seniors, the Tigers finish 10-2, losing to Lutheran North in
> the quarterfinals.
> Three quarterfinals and a semifinals appearance.  An overall varsity
> record on 43-8, marks this years seniors as having the most successful
> Tigers careers in the storied Tigers 98 year football history.
> #7 Tyler Grissom:  It has been a pleasure watching Tyler grow into a fine
> young man, and an excellent leader of the Tigers offense.  Tyler has
> excelled running the ball, and made numerous big plays with his arm as well.
> Tyler is going to serve his country in the Army National Guard.  A
> special guy, who I will miss.  Godspeed to you TG.
> #8 Chris Wade:  A first year Tiger, who contributed to the success of the
> Tigers filling in at RB, receiver, on defense and on special teams.  Would
> have loved to have had you for all 4 years.
> #10 Abdule Johnson:  With all due respect, Abdule is one of the hardest
> working Tigers.  Reminds me of the Pittman brothers from last year…and
> that is a HIGH compliment.  ‘Dul was a weight room regular and made
> himself into the great Tiger that excelled in every aspect of the
> game…offense, defense and special teams.
> #13  Devonta Nichols:  Devonta has always been one to keep the Tigers
> laughing in the lockerroom with his great sense of humor.  Devonta has
> worked hard and contributed greatly to the success of this senior class.
> #14  Jamal Johnson:  One of my special guys…quiet, the furthest thing
> from cocky you will ever see, yet he has every reason to be cocky.  Probably
> on any other team in southeast Missouri, Jamal would have been the
> centerpiece of their offense.  ‘Mal quietly just did whatever was asked
> of him.  When Darrell was out injured, ‘Mal stepped in…and had a 96 yard
> TD run!  One of the surest tacklers on the Tigers defense.  Great kid,
> who I will miss more than I can say…
> #21 Darrell Monroe:  Not much to say here….not enough space available to
> say it all.   Another of my special guys.  Simply put, one of the best
> ever all-around Tigers.  Should have won the Carr trophy last year, most
> definitely should win it this year.  Has a 99 yard TD run…a record that
> will never be broken unless they lengthen the field.  I dare say,
> Darrell’s game against MRH last year in the 1/4finals was perhaps the best
> game I have ever seen from a Tiger…25 carries/250 yards 3 TDs; 2 forced
> fumbles, both of which he returned for TDs. Oh, and had a 99 ½ yard KOR for
> TD negated by penalty.  Your future is in your hands…grab it and take it
> to the HOUSE like you usually do.  Another great kid, who I will miss
> more than I can say…
> #50  Joey Middleton:  Someone asked me what position Joey played on
> offense.  I simply said, “All of them”.  An amazing offensive lineman who
> has played every position on the offensive line…and played them well.  Nobody
> would ask what position he plays on defense, because he is a standout
> linebacker.  Another quiet, yet confident guy who lets his play speak for
> him.  Joey has been a hard worker, and a huge reason behind (or in front
> of) the Tigers success.  Another special guy who I will miss greatly.
> #66  Devonte Anderson:  Oh boy, don’t I wish that Devonte had played all
> 4 years.  Another 1st year player, but Devonte did everything asked of
> him.  Great asset to the Tigers, and full of  Tiger spirit.  On Friday,
> Devonte picked off a pass for a TD in practice.  He was so excited, and
> the entire team was excited for him, too.
> #70  Brenton Carter:  Brenton is a 4 year Tiger who played on the
> offensive and defensive line.  Brenton’s Tiger career was plagued by
> numerous nagging injuries, but when others would have just given up,
> “Carter” stuck it out and made his contribution to the success of the
> Tigers.  Also, he has made a very wise decision in his college selection.
> Hail State Carter!
> #71  Grant Marshall:  Hate to say “I told you so”…  Grant is my buddy who
> I have been telling for the last 2 years that he needed to be a Tiger.  He
> was great in middle school, and played a little as a freshmen but stopped
> playing until this year.  Grant worked hard in the weight room and on the
> practice field, and earned a starting spot on the offensive line.  He
> also played a lot on the defensive line.  Grant was an asset to the
> Tigers on both sides of the ball.  Great kid, and I will miss him much.
> #81  Colt Callens:  Tough to know where to start.  Had a horrific ankle
> injury.  Had another horrific thumb injury…no problem, just put a big
> club on my hand and let me play!  The Tigers were a little short on the
> offensive line…no problem, I’ll trade in my #81 for #54 and play with the
> big boys.  Need someone to punt…I’ll learn.  Need someone to kick PAT’s…I
> can learn that too.  Drove coaches crazy always asking questions, but he
> did so to learn…and he did.  Standout on defense, as a punter and as a
> kicker.  Also, played a lot on offense and had numerous huge catches when
> the Tigers needed them.  Another of those special kids, who I will miss a
> ton.
> Always remember guys, “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger”.  Best of luck to
> each of you all in your future endeavors.  May you have the same success
> in life that you have had on the gridiron as Tigers.
> Now, for those of you still reading (both of you…Mom and Dad).  I have
> been typing these summaries for 10 years.  For several years I have toyed
> with the idea of no longer typing up a summary of each game.  This seems
> like about as good a time as any to tentatively announce my retirement as
> the unofficial “biased” Tiger summary writer.   Go out on top…with a
> group of seniors who I have loved for many years.   I still plan to be
> the PA guy at home Tiger games, and I still plan to stay as involved in the
> Tiger football program as the Tiger coaches and administration will allow.
> It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to share my biased opinions with
> all of you for these past 10 years.
> “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger.”
> W.Keith Currie
> CHS Class of 1983

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