The Transylvania Times -

Black Knights Grind Out 57-16 Win Over Tigers - Rosman, NC


November 13, 2017

Scotty Ruff

Tiger running back Marcus Stamey tries to shrug off a tackle with a stiff-arm during Friday's game. Rosman fell on the road to Robbinsville in the first round of the playoffs by a final of 57-16.

The Rosman Tigers made the familiar trip to conference foe Robbinsville Friday night for the opening round of the North Carolina 1A playoffs.

The Tigers' hopes of a major upset would be shattered early with a 57-16 loss that would end the Tigers season.

The Black Knights came to play and didn't take the Tigers lightly as the defense flew to the ball all night long.

The Black Knights used 429 yards on the ground and controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football.

The Black Knights cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead and pushed the gas into the second half, as well.

The lone Tiger highlight in the first half would come at the hands of Marcus Stamey.

Stamey recorded a one-handed interception on a pass thrown to the end zone where he ultimately came down with the snag.

Robbinsville increased the lead through the third quarter to 44-0 before the Tigers could respond to start the fourth quarter.

The Tigers used 67 yards on 10 plays before they finally hit pay dirt with 11:21 to play.

Luke Stewart rushed in from two yards out for the Tiger score.

Deland Thomas converted a two-point play to put the Tigers on the board 44-8.

Robbinsville answered with a quick score with 7:13 to play, increasing their lead to 51-8.

The Tigers scored again with 4:36 left to play as Stewart hooked up with Hooper Thomas for a long 54-yard touchdown pass.

Scotty Ruff

Deland Thomas takes a handoff and looks for open space as he follows Kameron Newman (No. 55) out of the backfield. Thomas led the Tigers with 55 rushing yards on the night.

Big brother, Deland, scored the two-point play to cut the lead to 51-16.

The Black Knights, staying classy, scored from five-yards out as time expired to knock the Tigers out of the playoffs with a 57-16 win.

The Tigers rushed for only 47 yards on 28 carries.

Rosman added 129 yards while allowing only 97 yards.

Thomas was the Tigers leading rusher with 55 yards on 13 rushes as the team has -23 yards.

Luke Stewart was 7-of-17 in the air for 110 yards, while Thomas was 2-of-4 for 19yards also in the air. Hooper Thomas had three catches for 73 yards while Deland Thomas had 4 catches for 38-yards.

Tre Combs added 140-yards on returns.

Thomas was also the leading tackler with 11 tackles followed by Jonathan Holiday with seven.

The Tigers end the season with a 2-10 overall record and 1-5 in the SMC.


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