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Heartbreak For Tigers As Yellowjackets Win In OT

 

November 6, 2017

Scotty Ruff

Deland Thomas had a monster game for the Rosman Tigers Friday night against Hayesville. The senior finished with 92 rushing yards and four touchdowns to go with 49 receiving yards in Rosman's overtime loss to the Yellowjackets.

Friday night's game against Hayesville had it all for the community of Rosman.

Pregame ceremonies included Senior Night in front of a packed Silverstein Memorial Stadium.

Playoff implications were thought to be on the line and the game delivered an action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat experience.

At halftime the Tigers inducted five more alumni into the Rosman Hall of Fame.

Also included was a blackout for the late Leesa Anderson.

The game went into overtime where the Tigers ultimately fell 32-26, but the team still got into the playoffs.

The Tigers recovered an opening onside kick then took the opening drive down the field on a 47-yard, eight-play drive on the ground with Deland Thomas and Thomas Collins leading the way.

Thomas ran in from five-yards out from the wildcat formation.

Blake Sharpe's PAT gave the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.

Hayesville answered back at the end of the quarter on a big play as quarterback Dwain Cook hit Brian Smith for a 21-yard score.

The score tied things up at 7-7 to end the first quarter.

Both schools swapped possessions early in the second quarter, but the Tigers struck again at the 1:30 mark as Thomas powered into the end zone from seven-yards out of the wildcat for his second score.

Sharpe's kick put the Tigers back on top 14-7.

With only 15 seconds left in the half the Tigers let Cook go deep again hitting Smith for a 34-yard score.

A bad snap denied Hayesville from tying up the score as Rosman lead 14-13 at the break.

The Tigers welcomed Milford Hubbard, Eddie Fox, Greg Owen, Larry Bullock, and Clinton Owen to the 2017 Rosman High School Hall of Fame.

Rosman came out with the ground-and-pound game to start the second half.

But on third-and-short quarterback Luke Stewart tried a screen pass to Brennan Chapman that was picked off by Hayesville's Jesse Allison for a pick six on a 45-yard return.

A pass attempt for the two-point conversion failed, but the Yellowjackets took a 19-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

Hayesville had another big play at the 6:52 mark as Colton Thomas outran the Tiger defense on a 44-yard touchdown run.

The result was a 26-14 Hayesville lead.

The Tigers played inspired football in the last quarter with a long 71-yard, 10-play drive.

Thomas scored his third touchdown of the night with a two-yard dive.

Sharpe missed a crucial extra point leaving the score 26-20 with 11:21 left to play.

The Tiger defense, led by Jonathan Holiday, had to make a stand on fourth-and-four at the Tigers' 20-yard line.

Cameron Newman and Peyton McCall made it happen for the Tigers forcing a turnover on downs.

Stewart and company went to work as he hit Marcus Stamey, Thomas and Trey Combs for completions.

The result led to a 71-yard, 10-play drive.

Thomas scored his fourth touchdown this time from two-yards out.

The stadium went crazy as the score became tied awaiting the huge extra point attempt by Sharpe.

A bad snap was scooped up by Chapman, but a short delay caused Sharpe to hook the kick to the left.

The score remained tied 26-26 with 43 seconds left in the game.

After a long return and a quick aerial attack the Tigers needed big plays from Logan Powell and Newman to force the game into overtime.

The Tigers received the ball first at the 10-yard line.

Hayesville loaded up the box and Thomas and Collins had some hard sledding forcing a fourth-and five-from the five.

Stewart's pass sailed a bit high into the end zone leaving the game up to the Tiger defense.

Things looked good as Hayesville picked up a block in the back forcing a third-and-15 from the fifteen, but Hayesville picked half of that up on the next play setting up a fourth-and-seven from the 7-yard line.

Cook aired it out and the Tigers defended it well, but the ball touched off a Tigers' hand and to Hayesville's Devin Boykin standing in the end zone.

Hayesville would take the 32-26 thriller.

After the game Rosman Head Coach Matt Stack talked about the result.

"We got in a situation to win the football game we missed two extra points. Blake is usually automatic. It's not all on him. There's a snap, a hold and everything else. It happens. We came back and we shot ourselves in the foot. The ball didn't fall our way," he said.

The Tigers rushed for 301 yards on 71 carries while allowing 106 yards on 23 carries.

The Tigers added 69 yards in the air while allowing 142 yards.

Scotty Ruff

Rosman tailback Marcus Stamey gets swallowed up at the line following a short gain Friday night. Stamey finished with 63 yards rushing.

The Tigers' leading rusher was Collins with 135 yards on 24 carries and 930 yards on the season.

Thomas finished with four touchdowns on 22 carries for 92 yards.

He finished the regular season with 202 yards.

Stamey added 63 yards on 14 carries.

Stewart finished 10-of-18 for 69 yards. He finished the regular season with 1,785 passing yards.

Thomas was the Tigers leading receiver with a performance for 49 yards.

Holiday finished the night with 11 tackles. He finished the regular season with 95 tackles.

The Tigers finished the season 2-9 overall and 1-5 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

The Tigers made it into the 1A playoffs as a 12 seed and will travel to conference foe 4 seed Robbinsville Friday night for a 7:30 kickoff in the first round.

 
 

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