Tigers dominate Savannah Cristian 34-0

After a week off and an eventful homecoming week the Tigers met Savannah Christian Prep School on Tiger field Friday, Oct. 17 for the 2003 Homecoming game.

Savannah Christian took the opening kickoff as the game began. In the first quarter the Raiders recorded one first down and only 12 total yards of offense against the stingy Swainsboro defense.

Albert Webb led the Tigers rushing in the first quarter with 26 yards on seven carries. After a 6-yard run by Webb the Tigers were on the board with 6:25 to play in quarter number one. Cason DeVane's extra point was good and the Tigers led 7-0.

Again in the second quarter the "Wreckin' Crew" shut down the Raiders' offensive attack allowing 17 yards on the ground. Savannah Christian was forced to punt only 10 seconds into the second quarter. Swainsboro defensive end Corey Johnson slipped into the backfield and blocked the punt, he then recovered the ball in the endzone for a Swainsboro touchdown.

After DeVane's extra point the Tigers led 14-0. Later in the second quarter with 7:11 left Webb took the ball 37 yards downfield for another Tiger score and when DeVane made the extra point the score increased to 21-0 in favor of the Tigers. Swainsboro put one more score on the board with :49 left in the half when Justin Moore took an option reverse around the right end and carried it 35 yards untouched for the touchdown. The extra point was no good and at the end of two Swainsboro led 27-0.

A week before the game the GHSA met to discuss the "mercy rule." It ruled that a mercy rule would be in effect for the remainder of the season. The rule stipulates that if a team is behind by 30 points or more at half time the losing coach can decide whether he wants to play with a "fast clock." A fast clock means that the only time the clock will stop is if there is a penalty, timeout or if a team gains a first down. If a team trails by less than 30 points at the half both coaches can agree upon a fast clock. If at the end of three quarters a team is losing by 30 points or more a fast clock is mandatory.

During the rainy half time Swainsboro's Homecoming Queen was crowned. Senior Latalya Tarver was crowned 2003 Homecoming Queen. During her trip around the stadium due to lightning all of the lights at Tiger field went black. Due to these technical difficulties half time was extended from it's regular 20 minutes to approximately an hour.

Both coaches agreed upon the fast clock and when the power came back on they took the field. Savannah Christian ran two plays the entire third quarter one run and one incomplete pass. They were held to two yards of offense in that period. Swainsboro's Webb carried the ball one time in the second half for 12 yards. J.J. Nobles picked up 54 yards on three carries and one touchdown with 2:22 left in the third. DeVane's kick was good and Swainsboro led 34-0.

The final quarter was a good opportunity for Head Coach Shane Williamson to let some of the younger guys get on the field. Leroy Ball, Terrance Foots, Johnny Dixson, Richard Gilmer, Timmy Sherrod, Eric Hudson, Chris Moore, Neal David and several other backups got playing time in the fouth.

The Tiger defense recorded it's second shutout of the year and first since the first game of the season against Vidalia. The "Wreckin Crew" has given up an average of only 8 points per game. Tavares Jones led the Tigers in tackles with 7. Raja Andrews had another strong night from his strong safety spot recording 5 tackles, he also kept his streak alive of totally flattening an opposing player. Up until this week Andrews had a two week streak of knocking an opponent unconscious, but his big lick this week only caused someone to help the victim off the field.

Webb, who averages 29 carries per game only touched the ball 15 times this week. He recorded 114 yards for an average of almost eight yards per carry and two touchdowns. J.J. Nobles had 57 yards on four carries for an average of 14.3 yards per carry and one touchdown. DeVane was 2-5 passing for 18 yards.

The Tigers will take their four game winning streak into hostile territory this Friday night in Sylvainia. The eighth ranked 4-0-2,3-0 Tigers will face the number one 7-0, 4-0 Screven County Gamecocks. The game will more than likely determine the winner of region 2AAA and since these Tiger seniors have never experienced a win when Screven is across the field it will be the biggest game thus far in the season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

--(Statistics coutesy of Jerry Lawson, Jerry Lawson Jr. and Danny "The Stat Cat" Henry.)

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