Huge Kudos to you, Keith, for all the love and dedication you have given the Tiger organization (and us) for these past ten years. I LOVE your biased summaries and will miss them and the connection to home that I have enjoyed, however, "retirement" will be fun, too, and you certainly have earned it. Thanks so much for your efforts. I am one very grateful Tiger fan. Also Kudos to the Tiger team for an awesome season. Go Big Red! Jennifer Pierce Class of 1968 On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 10:41 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.” > > GO TIGERS GO!!! > > W.Keith Currie > CHS Class of 1983 > -- Jennifer Pierce, Realtor, ABR,CDPE, SRES, e-Pro RE/MAX Town & Country, Canton, GA 770/314-8455 cell; 770/928-4966, X-346 ofc. 888-317-5024 Fax. MailTo:JenniferSellsGa@xxxxxxxxx http://Jennifersellsga.com <http://jennifersellsga.com/> I am NEVER too busy for any of your referrals!