By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Tigers Tame Wildcats In Shutout Road Victory – Rosman NC


Gage Orr cuts through the Wildcat defense picking up several of the 95 rushing yards he accumulated in Rosman's road victory Monday night. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

"Mondays are the root of all evil" according to Rosman Tiger head coach Freddie Whitman. "They call it blue Mondays for a reason."

The Rosman Tigers traveled to conference foe Andrews on Monday night after the weather canceled Friday night's showdown. The trip resulted in a knockdown drag out contest for three quarters, but the Tigers outlasted the Wildcats for an 21-0 shutout.

Tiger Jacob Hall laid the wood to the Wildcat return man on the opening kickoff setting the physical tone for the evening. The Tigers found out quickly that the Andrews line would be a problem.

The Wildcats marched down the field to the Tiger 10-yard line before Hall, Andres Villagomez and David Burrell made a defensive stand, forcing a turnover on downs.

The Tiger offense struggled with the size of the Andrews' defense and simply couldn't get to the edge all night. Both teams would swap punts to end the first quarter scoreless.

The second quarter looked promising as Tanner Green and Gage Orr drove the Tigers into the red zone, but a fumble on the 20-yard line resulted in a Tiger turnover.

Colton Holbrook and the Tiger defense would make another defensive stand just before the half at the Tiger 25-yard line. A huge sack by Ethan Shook kept the score 0-0 at the break after the Wildcats missed a 35-yard field goal.

The Tigers came out of the gate with a promising start, but the drive stalled due to several penalties against the Tiger offense. The result would be another Tiger punt.

The Tigers got the ball back and went to the air with success with Orr hitting Tanner Whitman on a crucial third-and-eight to the Andrews 30-yard line. Orr would hit Justin Fisher on another third-and-long, advancing the ball to the one-yard line. Whitman ran a quarterback keeper for the Tiger score. Manny Suarez' kick gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 5:53 left in the third quarter.

Tanner Green takes a handoff in the backfield, looking for a gap in the line during Monday's road game. Rosman hosts Robbinsville Friday night in a battle between two Top 10 1A teams in the state.

The two teams continued playing smash mouth football into the fourth quarter until Green found a small seam for a 33-yard score. Suarez' kick gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 10:20 left in the game.

The Wildcats didn't go away as they went to the air, but the Tiger defense was just too strong as the Tigers took the ball back with 4:25 left in the game. Green would score again at the 2:12 mark and Suarez' kick would wrap up a tough Tiger win.

The Tigers rushed 42 times for 171 yards while Andrews rushed 31 times for 31 yards. The Tigers added 127 yards in the air while allowing 134 yards passing

Orr rushed 18 times for 95 yards. Orr was 6-8 passing for 127 yards for QB ranking 208.35. Tanner Green rushed 13 times for 73 yards.

The Tigers improved to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Smoky Mountain Conference. Since Robbinsville beat Murphy last Friday night, the Tigers find themselves in first in the SMC.

The Tigers play Robbinsville at home Friday night in a huge conference matchup at 7:30.


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