The Transylvania Times -

By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Tigers Undone By Patriots Offense, Fall 44-22 At Home – Rosman NC


Logan Powell (No. 52) and Christopher Daves (No. 5) combine for a tackle on a Patriot running back. Rosman made a second half comeback bid, but Madison pulled away behind two third quarter touchdowns. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

The Rosman Tigers had one of two ways to go after last week's loss to county rival Brevard.

It was a week that could make or break the Tigers season. Stand up and fight or get better every day and ready for the next opponent.

The Tigers' other opponent came in the form of the Madison Patriots, a much improved team from just a year ago.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Patriots were much improved and the Tiger defense gave up 435 yards in a 44-22 loss.

The Tiger offense looked impressive right out of the gate, taking the ball across mid-field with a pounding ground game.

However, just when the Tigers approached the red zone a costly fumble would give the Patriots the ball around the 30-yard line.

Madison would drive the ball across midfield, but the Tiger defense, led by Neil Tesnow and Samuel Chappell, stood up and held the Patriots to a 27-yard field goal by Matthew Chandler. The score gave Madison a 3-0 lead with 6:06 left in the first quarter.

Tesnow picked up some yardage on the next drive moving the ball across the 50-yard line.

Quarterback Luke Stewart then found Tesnow on a wheel route for a 44-yard touchdown. The point after attempt was blocked, but the Tigers took a 6-3 lead with 4:50 left in the quarter.

Madison would go on to score three unanswered touchdowns before the half putting a dagger into the soul of the Tiger faithful at Silversteen Memorial Stadium and William Cathey Field. The result was a 23-6 halftime lead for the Patriots.

Madison struck again to start the second half with Dakota Gonzalez scoring on a 5-yard run.

Madison led 30-6 with 7:38 left in the third quarter.

On the ensuing Tiger possession, Tanner Whitman looked to get bottled up in the middle, but he emerged from the dog pile and outran the Patriot defense on his way for a 62-yard touchdown run.

Whitman would also convert the two-point play to cut the Madison lead 30-14 with 7:24 left in the third quarter.

Madison scored two more times in the period with the first coming from a 11-yard pass by Colby Edwards to Dawson Coates. The duo hooked up again on a 42-yard touchdown pass to take a 44-14 lead.

Tanner Whitman heads upfield after catching a short pass from Stewart in the first quarter. Whitman finished the game with 109 rushing yards and one touchdown, along with 19 receiving yards. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

The Tigers managed to get on the board in the final minutes with a four-yard run by Jonathan Holliday. Stewart would find Harper Reese in the end zone for a successful two-point conversion, but the effort would fall short for the Tigers as they fell to 0-2 on the season.

The Tiger defense gave up 221 yards on 46 carries and allowed 214 yards through the air.

The Tiger offense rushed 37 times for 187 yards and added 93 yards in the air. The Tigers fumbled four times, losing two.

Whitman was the Tigers' leading rusher with 11 carries for 109 yards. Tesnow added 54 yards on nine carries and Holliday added 39 yards on 12 carries.

Stewart was 7-21 passing with 93 yards for a QB rating of 86.25 and a completion rate of 33.3 percent.

The Tigers face a tough task this week as they travel to Mountain Heritage, one of the top teams in the mountains, on Friday night.


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