By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Tigers Win 2014 Regular Season Finale 41-22 – Rosman NC


Tiger tailback Gage Orr (right) looks to pick up a block from teammate David Burrell. Orr rushed for 150 yards on 13 carries to lead Rosman's ground attack. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

The Rosman Tigers traveled to Kingsport, Tenn. Friday night to take on Tri Cities Christian, a team from Blountville Tenn., and quickly the Tigers found out the rules of the game are administrated a bit differently in the Volunteer State.

The Tigers struck first as quarterback Josh Rice and the Tiger offense designed a long, 40-yard, five-play drive. Gage Orr then showed off on a fancy 32-yard touchdown run with 8:00 left in the opening quarter. The Tigers missed the extra point but took a 6-0 lead.

Tri Cities stuck back, traveling across midfield, but the Tiger defense, led Aaron Newman and freshman Ethan Shook, buckled down. The effort led to a 45-yard field goal that sailed through the uprights to cut the Tiger lead to 6-3 with 6:18 left in the quarter.

The second quarter was full of action as the temperatures fell to the low 30's and a heavy frost made an already disarrayed field much worse.

The Tigers would get explosive plays by Orr to midfield and Rice as they ran three plays for 40 yards. Rice finished the drive off with a 1-yard scamper. Orr converted the two-point play on a quick pitch for a 14-3 lead with 5:51 left in the second quarter.

Newman recovered a loose ball on the next Tri City return, setting the Tiger offense up at the Tri Cities 36-yard line. Orr wasted little time scoring his second touchdown of the night. Manuel Suarez' kick gave the Tigers a 21-3 lead with 1:02 left before the half.

Tanner Whitman then stepped in front of a Grayson Vaughn pass and picked the ball out the air. Whitman proceeded to return it 40 yards for another Tiger touchdown. Suarez' kick gave the Tigers a 28-3 halftime lead.

The Tigers had to sit out in the cold for intermission and the heavy dew became a problem for both teams in the second half.

Tri Cities moved the ball across mid field with several questionable calls. The result would be another Schenderlein field goal, this time from 32 yards out to cut the Tiger lead 28-6 with 9:45 left to play in the third quarter.

The Tigers would score twice more in the quarter - the first would feature Rice's second score of the night with a 22-yard run.

The second would showcase Orr on his third score of the night with a 50-yard run. The Tigers ran the score to 41-6 to end the third quarter.

The Tigers put a lot of second and third string kids into the game but coach Whitman soon would be forced to re-enter his starters as Tri Cities scored twice in the quarter to make it a ball game.

The Tigers ultimately prevailed with a 41-22 win but coach Whitman was not pleased.

"It should have been 41-0," he said. "We've got to play better and not get up, then lay down. We got a lot of folks into the game, but the big play killed us again."

The Tigers rushed 37 times for 304 yards while the defense gave up 143 yards on 38 rushes.

The Tigers added 8 yards on one pass while allowing 77 yards in the air. The Tigers were penalized six times for 59 yards. The Tigers fumbled six times but lost only one.

Orr was the Tigers' leading rusher with 150 yards on 13 carries, scoring three times. Josh Rice was second with 113 yards on 12 carries.

Newman finished the night with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries. Shook had seven tackles in his first start on the season.

The Tigers improve to 5-6 overall. Rosman enters the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs as a number nine seed and will travel to the eighth seeded Community School of Davidson. The school is just North of Charlotte and is located at 565 Griffith St, Davidson, N.C.

Rosman quarterback Josh Rice turns upfield for the Tigers.


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