By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Big Plays Early Help Braves Race Past Tigers 45-3

 

October 17, 2016

Tiger quarterback Luke Stewart had a busy night, throwing 25 pass attempts. However, the Braves' defense held Rosman to just 51 passing yards on six completions.

The Rosman Tigers just can't get a break on the injury front this season and Friday night's match up with Cherokee saw the Tigers go down another man. The Tigers were without eight starters and Friday night saw the Tigers without their leading rusher and receiver Tanner Whitman. Whitman suffered a concussion last week against Robbinsville.

The first two plays for the Braves would set the tone for the entire game. Quarterback Tye Mintz hit little brother Cade Mintz for a 78-yard bomb to start off the frenzy.

On Cherokee's second offensive play, Mintz kept the football for a 74-yard score and just like that the Braves took a 13-0 lead with 6:18 left in the first quarter.

The two brothers would hook up again to start the second quarter with a 51-yard score. The Braves would lead 19-0.

Tiger quarterback Luke Stewart's pass intended for Will Partin was intercepted by Isaiah Evans and returned 62 yards for yet another Braves' score.

The Braves would score two more times in the quarter and lead 39-0 at intermission as the Tiger offense couldn't mount any momentum.

The defense, led by Partin with seven tackles, forced the first Braves' punt of the night and the Tiger offense moved the football in the air down to the red zone twice.

The effort would come to a halt on both occasions leading to a missed 38-yard field goal and a turnover.

The Braves would score once more deep in the third quarter on a Evans' six-yard pass. The Braves lead would increase to 45-0.

Stewart hit Alic Whitmire and Jonathan Holliday on several occasions, sprinkled in with a couple of good runs by Neil Tesnow to get the Tigers into the red zone.

The drive stalled, but Harper Reese kicked a 32-yard field goal to avoid the shutout, 45-3.

The Tigers rushed the ball 38 times for 115 yards while allowing 173 yards on 24 carries.

Stewart was 6-25 for for 51 yards while Mintz was 10-16 for 206 yards.

Stewart has now thrown for more than 600 yards on the season.

Tesnow was the Tigers leading rusher with 71 yards on 18 carries. Holliday added 25 yards on eight carries.

Whitmire was the Tigers' leading receiver with three catches for 30 yards.

The Tigers fall to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The Tigers will travel to Swain County on Friday for another conference matchup.

 
 

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