It Ain't Over, 'Til It's Over for Tiger Football
Time to bring out Yogi Berra and his sayings for the final result of the Tigers-LBJ football game. “It Ain't Over, 'Til It's Over”. The Tigers proved that when they looked dead in the water with time running out, only to get a TD pass with nine seconds remaining for the 17-14 victory to put them in the driver's seat for the championship. Both defenses claimed the game as the offenses struggled to have any drives as 14 punts attest. No doubt the MVP for the Tigers was the yellow flag with compliments from LBJ.
It was cold and windy giving a different twist on the usual game nights. Neither team could really threaten and the Tigers finally got on the board at 1.17 of the first when Desi de la Cruz split the uprights from 45 yards out. With 1.24 left in the half, LBJ scored after a punt return put the ball on the five. Even that was tricky. On fourth and one, the ball was snapped over the QB's head. He chased it down and managed to make a 10-run for the TD. 7-3. That left a little over a minute to negotiate 63 yards. The decision to run out the clock or try for a score was there. After a 4-run, the decision was made easier when a Jaguar was flagged for 15, giving the Tigers a first down at the LBJ 44. They marched on in, scoring on a one yard pass from Cameron O'Banan to Shelby Hudson with a scant eight seconds left. Cameron Chapman made the score at half 10-7.
LBJ took the second half KO and marched 67 for the go-ahead score from the nine. 14-10. That would be it for the rest of the way as neither team could mount a charge. O'Banan pinned LBJ back at the two with 3.20 left. On third and eight from the four, the Jaguar QB hit a receiver that had gotten behind the defense and was off to the races. Andre Flores Perry prevented the nail in the coffin when he made a desperate tackle at the Tiger 38 and the defense held. DS had 33 seconds to go 62. O'Banan was thrown for a ten loss only to have that negated by a LBJ 15 penalty. O'Banan found Perry in-between two defenders and hit him in stride at the two for the 36 score and win.
Team stats (DS first): First downs 15-9; Rushing: 38-41, 41-187; Passing: 140-85; Passes: 19-30-0, 4-17-0; Punts: 7-38.7, 7-30.7; Penalties: 2-15, 12-108.
DS stats: Rushing: Curtis Cox 12-35; Preston Parker 13-15; O'Banan 13-(-)9. Passing: O'Banan 13-22-106 2TD; Parker 6-8-34. Receiving: Hudson 5-29 TD; O'Banan 4-29; Perry 2-40 TD; PJ Howe 2-17; Brodie Dyer 2-12; Carter King 2-6; Wyatt Leschber 1-6, Cox 1-1. KOR: Austin Hulon 2-34; Perry 1-22.
DS tackling (unassist/assist): Hunter Northrup 9-4, Jakob Joy 9-3, Brock Bollinger 4-3, Scotty Crosby 6-1, Liam Dahl 2-4, Garrett Betts 4-0, Luke Lawyer 3-0, Wes Dube 2-1, Hulon 2-1, Grey Patterson 2-0, Colby Collins 0-2.