By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Black Knights Smother The Tigers 41-3 In SMC Battle – Rosman NC


October 10, 2016

Luke Stewart drops back in the pocket and prepares to let it fly with a deep pass during Rosman's road game against Robbinsville Friday night. Stewart finished the game 10-20 passing with a season-high 126 yards, but the Tigers fell to the Black Knights, 41-3. (Times photo by Scotty Ruff)

To say the Rosman Tiger football team was outmanned would be an understatement Friday night as they traveled to take on the defending 1A state champions Robbinsville.

The Tigers had as many as eight players out with major injuries and Friday just added more salt to the wounds as two more Tigers would be added to the disabled list.

Robbinsville jumped on the Tigers early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and adding 14 more in the second to lead at intermission 27-0.

Will Partin, the Tigers leading tackler, would leave the game after recording his ninth tackle of the game and would not return.

Robbinsville would post one more score to start the third quarter before the Tigers' offense found some success.

The Tigers would use the legs of Neil Tesnow and the arm of quarterback Luke Stewart to move the ball down field.

Stewart hit Tanner Whitman near the 15-yard line, but a hit in the back made for a scary moment for Tiger fans, as Whitman left the game with concussion-like symptoms.

The drive stalled in the red zone, but Harper Reese came into the game and nailed a 23-yard field goal with 8:57 left in the quarter to cut the Black Knight lead to 34-3.

The Black Knights would score another seven points in the last quarter to increase the lead to 41-3.

The Tigers found more success in the air, as freshman Brennan Chapman caught four passes, but the Tigers would miss two field goal attempts from 31 yards and 40 yards out.

The Tigers finished the game rushing for 85 yards on 35 rushes and allowed Robbinsville to rush for 350 yards on 47 carries.

The Tigers added 126 yards in the air while allowing 123 passing yards.

The Tigers' leading rusher was Tesnow with 76 yards on 21 rushes.

Stewart finished the night 10-20 for 126 yards, giving him a completion rating of 50 percent and a QB rating of 92.9 percent.

Whitman was the Tigers' leading receiver with five catches for 69 yards.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

They will host Cherokee (3-4) Friday night.


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