By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Rosman Crushes Hayesville 57-0 On Homecoming – Rosman NC


Gage Orr looks for open space during Rosman's 57-0 rout of Hayesville last Friday night. Orr finished with 263 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and one passing score. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

It was a busy week in the halls of Rosman High. The school was celebrating its 100-year anniversary and Homecoming week. The Rosman Tiger football team got the memo and did their best to celebrate, pitching a 57-0 shutout against conference foe Hayesville.

The Tigers' offensive line dominated as David Burrell, Jacob Hall, Nick McCall, Manny Suarez and Matt Cole executed offensive coordinator's Patrick Chapman's favorite line, "A fist fight in a ditch."

Tight ends Tyler Pettit and Chris Davis made it a team effort as running backs Gage Orr, Tanner Green, Landon Shipman and Ethan Shook erupted for 459 yards as the Tigers improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

The rain came down in droves in the first quarter as the Tigers drove the field but fumbled at the 15-yard line. That would be the Tigers only mistake of the game, as the score remained 0-0 to end the first quarter.

Shook and Shipman churned out some short runs, but Orr put the Tigers on the board with one of his four touchdown runs from three yards out. The Tigers would miss the extra point but took a 6-0 lead with 8:27 left in the quarter.

The Tigers would score four more times in the second quarter, simply dominating Hayesville's defense before the half. Orr would score twice more with a 19-yard blast and a 44-yard dash, increasing the Tiger lead to 21-0.

Green got into the action at the 1:35 mark with six-yard touchdown run. Suarez' kick increased the score to 28-0.

Hayesville punted back to the Tigers with only 39 ticks on the clock before the half. Justin Fisher received the punt and returned it for yet another Tiger score.

The Tigers lined up for two and ran the old halfback pass as Fisher hit Tanner Whitman for the conversion. The Tigers took a 36-0 lead into halftime and the Homecoming festivities.

Burrell, Shook, and Jacob Hall continued to shine on the defensive front for the Tigers and the offensive explosion continued.

The Tigers, running out of the box, allowed Orr to hit Fisher for the next Tiger score for 20 yards. Suarez' kick gave the Tigers a 43-0 lead with 9:10 left in the third quarter.

Orr would save his longest run of the night, a 54-yard touchdown, to end the third quarter. The kick gave the Tigers a 50-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the young Tigers, led by quarterback Jonathan Holiday, stormed the field and the result was the same. They scored at the 3:45 mark and Suarez' kick increased the Tiger lead to 57-0.

The Tiger offensive line manhandled the Yellowjackets all night long in a wet game at Silversteen Stadium. As Rosman coach Patrick Chapman stated, the battle in the trenches was like a "fist fight in a ditch."

The shutout was still intact and the Tigers responded to coach Freddy Whitman's commands, "Preserve the goose egg."

After the game a gleaming coach Whitman was fired up.

"Those young'uns finished it," he said. "It was a great effort by the defense and the offense was impressive. Those yards have to come from somewhere and our offensive line dominated".

The Tigers rushed 39 times for 459 yards, averaging 11.8 yards per carry. The defense only allowed 88 yards on 30 carries. The Tigers aired it out for 20 yards and allowed 88 yards passing.

The player of the game was Orr with four rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown. He racked up 263 yards on just 17 carries. Green added 66 yards on nine carries and Shipman added 30 yards on six carries.

Orr has rushed for 658 yards on the season, followed by Green with 497 yards on the season.

The Tigers travel to Andrews Friday night.


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