By Scotty Ruff
Sports Writer 

Tigers Come Up Short In First Round Against Rebels – Rosman NC


November 21, 2016

Neil Tesnow (No. 34) follows blocker Dakotah Morgan (No. 54) during Rosman's first round playoff game Friday night against North Duplin. After enduring a long road trip, the Tigers put forth a valiant effort against the top-seeded Rebels. Unfortunately, North Duplin came out on top, ending Rosman's season with a 21-7 defeat. (Photos courtesy of Bobby Williams/Mount Olive Tribune)

The Rosman Tigers' playoff berth found them on the long side of six-hour trip to face off with the number one seed North Duplin. North Duplin is located in Calypso, N.C. near Mount Olive and was one longest trips a North Carolina team had to endure.

The Tigers' first drive showed promise as they kept the ball for over six minutes, but the drive would stall at midfield resulting in a punt.

North Duplin quarterback William Archer became a one-man wrecking crew for the Rebels.

Archer would finish a seven-play, 72-yard drive with a 16-yard score.

North Duplin would take a 7-0 lead with 2:25 left in the first quarter.

With the help of Will Partin and Gabe Shipman, both players racked up several tackles and kept North Duplin scoreless in the second and third quarter.

The Tiger offense and Tanner Whitman moved the ball across midfield, but could not overcome red zone woes with an interception and two turnovers on downs setting up a fourth quarter showdown.

North Duplin would strike again with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter on a 88-yard, 16-play drive. Archer would score on a 12-yard blast to pull ahead 14-0.

The Tigers would answer with a long 55-yard, six-play drive.

Whitman would score on an 11-yard play. Harper Reese's extra point cut the lead to 14-7 with 7:75 left to play.

After a few questionable calls, the Tigers looked to get the ball back, but a pass interference call extended the North Duplin drive with 4:19 left to play and Archer scored again from three yards out to put North Duplin up 21-7.

The Tigers would have one last drive, but ultimately came up short at the five-yard line and ended the season in the first round of the 1A state playoffs.

The Tigers rushed 30 times for 92 yards while allowing 292 yards on 53 plays.

The Tigers added 126 yards in the air and did not allow a pass completion.

Whitman was the Tigers' leading rusher with 67 yards on 11 carries.

Luke Stewart was 6-12 in the air for 67 yards.

Reese and Whitman were 1-1 passing with 48 and 11 yards, respectively. Whitman led the receivers with five catches for 61 yards. Reese had three catches for 36 yards and Deland Thomas had two receptions for 14 yards.

The loss ends the Tigers' season with a 2-10 record.

Pictured left, Luke Stewart (No. 7) hands the ball off to Jonathan Holliday (No. 23) during Friday's game. The Tigers pulled within seven points of the Rebels in the fourth quarter, but a late score by North Duplin helped put the game away. Pictured above, Gabe Shipman (No. 77) wraps up Rebel wide receiver Terrion Addison. Senior tailback Tanner Whitman scored Rosman's lone touchdown of the game.


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