Black Knights Rush Past Tigers For 38-12 Victory


October 2, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Rosman's Hooper Thomas delivers a stiff-arm to a Robbinsville defender following a short reception during Friday's home game. Thomas finished the game with 25 yards on five receptions. It was a tough night for the Tiger offense as the Black Knights' size posed matchup problems the entire game as they won by a final of 38-12.

With a little bit of rain and passing yards coming at a premium, it was a classic Smoky Mountain Conference football atmosphere Friday night as Rosman hosted the Robbinsville Black Knights.

Unfortunately for the home side, the Black Knights used their size up front to control the line of scrimmage and put together a huge night running the football, eventually running away with the game as they won 38-12.

Robbinsville received the opening kickoff only to fumble the ball away at midfield a few plays later.

But Rosman couldn't take advantage as Luke Stewart overthrew a third-down pass, resulting in an interception and the Black Knights regaining the football at their 37-yard line.

From there, Robbinsville went to work on the ground, utilizing Ian Wiggins to methodically move the chains deep into Rosman territory.

The drive eventually came to a third-and-10 from the Rosman 14 and Robbinsville got on the board after quarterback Alex Bridges scrambled outside the pocket and fired a nice pass to the back of the end zone, connecting with Landon Orr for the touchdown.

A successful PAT gave Robbinsville a 7-0 lead six minutes into the first quarter.

The Tigers started their next drive from inside their 10, but Stewart connected with Marcus Stamey on a third-down pass to move the ball to the 26.

However, a bobbled snap moments later on third down stalled the drive and forced a punt.

The Black Knights wasted little time on their next possession, as Rylee Anderson picked up 16 yards on the ground to move the ball to the Rosman 40.

After an incomplete pass, Robbinsville went back to Wiggins on the ground and the senior scorched the defense to take it all the way to the house and double the Black Knights' lead to 14-0 with 2:20 left in the first quarter.

Both sides went three-and-out on their next possessions as the game entered the second quarter and Rosman started another drive from their 12-yard line.

The Tiger offense finally got rolling thanks to a roughing the passer penalty on Robbinsville that moved the ball to the 24 and another personal foul penalty for a late hit on Hooper Thomas after a short reception that put the ball near midfield.

Rosman moved just inside Black Knight territory, facing a fourth-and-three, but Robbinsville batted down a Stewart pass attempt and took over at their 43-yard line.

From there, it was more of the same as Robbinsville kept the ball on the ground and Anderson found another gap in the defense and took it 50 yards to the house for another touchdown to make it 21-0 with 4:00 left in the first half.

The Tigers went three-and-out on their next possession and Robbinsville started from their 32 following a punt.

One play later it was 28-0 after Bridges connected with Wiggins for a back-breaking 68-yard strike.

Rosman finally got on the board on their first drive of the second half.

After starting from their 35, Stewart hit Samuel Chappell with a pass in the slot and the junior nearly took it all the way before getting drug to the ground at the Robbinsville 2-yard line.

The Tigers brought in Deland Thomas to try and muscle the ball into the end zone, but after three tries Rosman was still a half-yard shy of the goal line and facing fourth down.

Rosman went to Thomas again and after prying bodies off the pile, officials finally ruled it a touchdown.

The PAT was no good, leaving the score 28-6 with 9:15 in the third quarter.

Unfortunately, Robbinsville's offense picked up right where they left off in the first half.

After starting from their 35, two running plays and a personal foul penalty on Rosman had Robbinsville set up at the Tigers' 13-yard line.

The Tigers were able to keep the Black Knights out of the end zone, holding Robbinsville to a 26-yard field goal to make it 31-6.

Rosman moved the ball just inside Black Knight territory on the next drive before the drive stalled and the Tigers punted.

Robbinsville was on the move again, with the ball at Rosman's 40, but fumbled the center-quarterback exchange and the Tigers recovered.

That drive was hamstrung from the start, however, as an illegal procedure and chop block penalty made it first-and-30.

Moments later, a Stewart pass intended for Deland Thomas was off the mark and picked off at Rosman's 33.

The Tiger defense came up big again, this time getting a fourth-down stop without Robbinsville moving the chains and giving the offense the ball back at their own 24.

But it just wasn't Rosman's night as another pass from Stewart was deflected, intercepted and returned 25 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-6 as the third quarter came to a close.

Robbinsville chewed up a lot of clock on offense for the remainder of the game.

Rosman got into the end zone again in the game's final minutes off a short run from Collins.

The two-point conversion attempt failed, producing the game's final score.

The Black Knights had a big size advantage in the trenches and used that to open up gaps for their backs and to shut down the Tigers' run game.

Rosman rushed the ball 31 times, but only managed 63 yards, while Robbinsville rushed for more than 250 yards.

Stewart finished the game 19-of-31 for 206 yards and three picks.

He spread the ball around to six different receivers, but outside of a couple big plays, the Tiger offense was never able to establish rhythm and the lack of a running game made for lots of third-and-long situations.

Stewart was under duress most of the night, never having much time in the pocket and suffering a number of sacks.

With the loss, Rosman falls to 2-5.

The Tigers face a tough task on Friday as they travel to Cherokee to take on the undefeated Braves (6-0).

Jeremiah Reed

Thomas Collins looks for a hole upfield after receiving a kickoff in the first half of Friday's game. Collins finished with 95 all-purpose yards on the night.


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