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Bulldogs' Big Lead Proves Too Much For Tiger Rally


Last updated 10/30/2017 at 5:43pm

Scotty Ruff

Rosman quarterback Luke Stewart is flushed out of the pocket as he eludes a diving tackle from a Bulldog defender. Stewart was 11-of-21 for 83 yards and one touchdown in Friday's game.

The Rosman Tigers had a monumental task Friday night as they traveled to the defending 1A state champs' home field.

Murphy has never been kind to the visiting Tigers and Friday night's trip would be much of the same in a 48-22 loss.

The Tigers looked up for the task early, as the offense moved the ball across mid-field, but an interception brought on a Murphy wakeup call and it was all Bulldogs for three quarters.

The Bulldogs scored once in the first quarter and tacked on 27 points in the second quarter to take a 34-0 halftime lead.

Murphy scored twice more in the third quarter to lead 48-0 before the Tigers could look up.

Rosman Head Coach Matt Stack managed to rally the troops, asking them to fight.

The Tigers would put together a 60-yard drive to start the fourth quarter with the help of Thomas Collins. Quarterback Luke Stewart scored from one-yard out to put the Tigers on the board.

Blake Sharpe's kick sailed wide right for the PAT, but the Tigers got on the board 48-6 with 7:58 left to play.

On the ensuing kickoff, Brennan Chapman completed a successful onside kick, which was recovered by Austin Ormsby near midfield.

Stewart went to work in the air finding Thomas and Tre Combs down field.

Stewart later hit Hooper Thomas for a one-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 left to play.

Collins would score for the two-point-play cutting the lead to 48-14.

Chapman would again have success on the onsides kick recovered by Lance Stewart.

The Tigers pulled out the old half-back pass as Stewart pitched the ball to Thomas, who hit a wide open Combs for a 45-yard touchdown.

Due to the running clock the Tigers would have only seconds as they ran the wildcat with Deland Thomas.

Deland found little brother Hooper in the endzone for the two-point play while time expired.

The Tigers would fall 48-22.

After the game coach Stack commented on his team and the playoff ramifications for the following week.

"You look at 48 points and you think we didn't play good defense. That is incorrect. They had four fourth-and-long conversions. We got new guys and we have to scheme better. We have to get these kids more playing time to recognize those situations. We 've got to understand down and distance. If we eliminate big plays, it's a tight ball game. It's a win and you're in for playoffs next week. It's a whole new season if you can make it in the playoffs," Stack said.

The Tigers rushed 44 times for 84 yards while allowing 123 yards on 23 carries.

Rosman added 122 yards in the air while allowing 229 yards.

Scotty Ruff

Thomas Collins tries to break free of a Murphy defenders' grasp after taking a handoff. Collins had 85 yards on 22 carries aganst the Bulldogs.

Collins was the Tigers leading rusher with 85 yards on 22 carries.

Several negative carries dropped the total rushing yards.

Stewart was 11-of-21 passing for 83 yards.

Thomas was the Tigers' leading receiver with five catches for 61 yards.

Thomas was also the leading tackler with 11 tackles.

Kayne Smith and Marcus Stamey both had five tackles a piece.

The Tigers fall to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

Rosman will host Hayesville Friday night for Senior night and Hall of Fame night.

The game will have playoff ramifications: win and they're in; lose and they're done.

Early playoff projections have the Tigers traveling to Robbinsville in the first round if they can muster up a win Friday night.


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