Tigers: End­ing with 17-10 loss

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ing penalty which forced the Tigers to punt.

How­ever, Al­covy had a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity at the start of the sec­ond quar­ter.

Led­ford lofted a pass to Strozier for 73 yards. But as Strozier fought to gain ex­tra yardage, he lost con­trol of the ball, re­cov­ered by Ter­rell Evans at the Tigers 3-yard line.

Re­gard­less, the de­fense for Al­covy came to the res­cue, get­ting the ball back in Led­ford’s hand with less than 5:03 re­main­ing be­fore half­time.

Led­ford or­ches­trated a 10play drive to the Bull­doggs 11-yard line. Walsh con­cluded it with a 17-yard field goal, and the Tigers were on the board first 3-0 with 3:00 left.

The start of the sec­ond half be­gan with yet an­other huge play by the Tigers.

On first and 10, Yates ter­ror­ized Dixon along with Matt Gun­nells, both putting a tremen­dous hit on him, caus­ing a fum­ble re­cov­ered by Keldrin Strick­land.

The Tigers cap­i­tal­ized on the turnover us­ing a 5-play drive that ended as Led­ford (14-of-24 for 197 yards) found Ed­wards (two catches for 43 yards) for a 29-yard touch­down.

With Walsh’s kick, Al­covy ex­tended its lead to 10 with 10:00 in the left in the quar­ter.

Win­der didn’t waste any time, mount­ing an 11-play, 47yard drive which be­gan at its own 41-yard line.

Ba­batunda Jegede, with as­sis­tance from Yates, sacked Dixon again for a 7-yard loss, pre­vent­ing a key first down play. Jesse McGee hit a 35yard field goal to cut the lead to seven with 6:30 re­main­ing.

Win­der then gam­bled on an on­side kick, which proved suc­cess­ful as McGee re­cov­ered it at the Tigers 44-yard line.

With 6:23 left in the third, Win­der ex­e­cuted a dou­ble re­verse from Chris Wragg, who pitched out to Ter­rell Evans to pick up 29 yards, bring­ing it to the Tigers 15.

Dixon then found Jonah Hug­gins on a fade pass for a 15-yard touch­down. With the McGee kick, the game be­came a barn­burner at 10 apiece with 5:46 re­main­ing.

“I am proud of our guys fight­ing back when we were down by 10,” said Win­der-Bar­row head coach Brian Al­li­son. “It was just a great job of fight­ing back to win a ball­game.”

The Tigers be­gan to strug­gle at the start the fourth quar­ter; there­fore, the de­fense stepped up.

Yates ran into the punter for a 15-yard penalty that kept the drive alive. On sec­ond and 7 at the Bull­doggs 44-yard line, Yates (7 tack­les and 3.5 sacks) made up for his mis­take by sack­ing Dixon for the third time, re­sult­ing in a 10-yard loss. Af­ter fail­ing to con­vert for the first down, the Bull­dogs elected to punt.

McGee boomed a 45-yard punt, pin­ning the Tigers at their own 5-yard line.

Al­covy again self-de­struc­ted in its ini­tial se­ries with mul­ti­ply penal­ties (10 penal­ties for 75 yards over­all) and a sec­ond sack on Led­ford by Davis, tak­ing the Tigers out of scor­ing range with 3:11 to play.

With 59.8 sec­onds left in the fi­nal quar­ter, Win­der worked its way on an 8-play drive and scored a 38-yard touch­down as Dixon (165 yards pass­ing and two touch­downs) con­nected with Tay­lor Brad­berry on a go-ahead pass play, slip­ping by Ed­wards for the score.

“Our kids fought to the end. We got a great group of kids and a great group of lead­ers, es­pe­cially our se­niors,” said Al­li­son. “I am re­ally proud (of) what they’ve done.”

The point-af­ter had the Bull­doggs lead­ing 17-10 with 15 sec­onds left in the game.

“Last year we weren’t as com­ple­tive,” said Hoff­mann. “This year, we were com­ple­tive. Next year, we (are) go­ing to turn the cor­ner.”

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