By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Homecoming Heartbreak As Andrews Beats Rosman 7-0 – Rosman NC


October 3, 2016

Tanner Whitman uses his helmet to help haul in a reception during Rosman's Homecoming game against Andrews Friday night. Whitman led the team with 64 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving, but unfortunately the Wildcats got the win over the Tigers, 7-0.

On a Homecoming night that saw Ressie Mae Owen crowned queen of the 2016 court, the fans may have been disappointed if they came to expect an offensive explosion.

If defense is your cup of tea, then Friday night might have been your night to watch Rosman and Andrews face off in a 7-0 game.

The first half saw both teams' offenses mount drives, but fall shy of putting points on the board. Neither team could capitalize on two crucial turnovers which lead to 0-0 halftime score.

The third quarter was much of the same as both schools really never threatened inside the red zone as the score remained 0-0.

The Wildcats finally sustained a long drive with 6:20 left to play.

The drive would consist of 13 plays for 50 yards. Quarterback Matt Barton ran in from one yard out for the Wildcats. Barton's kick gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 5:59 left to play.

On Rosman's ensuing possession, quarterback Luke Stewart quickly hit Will Parton for a 16-yard strike.

Tanner Whitman picked up several yards on the ground until the Tigers pulled out some razzle dazzle play calling.

Stewart would pitch back to Neil Tesnow for a halfback pass. Tesnow hit Whitman for a 27-yard gain as the Tigers creeped into the red zone.

The Tigers eventually moved to the Andrews' 11-yard line. The Tigers would face fourth and goal with seconds left to play.

Stewart rolled out in the flats and threw the ball into the end zone toward Partin. A questionable no call on pass interference came to the dismay of the home crowd as the Tigers fell 7-0.

Rosman rushed 41 times for 133 yards while allowing 185 yards on 49 carries. The Tigers added 43 yards in the air while Andrews didn't complete a pass.

The Tigers' leading rusher was Whitman with 64 yards on 17 carries. Tesnow added 47 yards on 14 carries.

The Tigers fall to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Smoky Mountain Conference. The Tigers travel to Robbinsville friday night.


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