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Bulldogs' Ground Game Leads To Win Over Tigers


Last updated 10/29/2018 at 3:53pm

Lance Stewart (No. 25) led the Rosman Tigers with 121 all-purpose yards in Friday's game against Murphy. Stewart finished with 99 return yards and 22 receiving yards. The Tigers lost to the Bulldogs and face Hayesville on the road this Friday in their regular season finale. (Times photo by Scotty Ruff)

Emotions were high Friday night as the Rosman Tigers honored the 2019 seniors at William Cathey Field for the last home game of the season.

The game was moved to Thursday night, and unfortunately, affected fan turnout, as the Tigers would need all the help they could get hosting the Murphy Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs came in undefeated and very quickly showed why as they stormed the gate early in a 71-22 win.

Things started off on the wrong foot, as the Bulldogs recovered a onsides kick to start the game.

Seven plays later, Murphy would get on the board 7-0.

The Bulldogs wasted little time as they collected two interceptions on the next two Tiger possessions to increase the lead to 21-0 with 6:59 left to play in the first quarter.

The Tigers finally gained some composure piecing together a long 69-yard, seven-play drive through the air.

Quarterback Luke Stewart found Samuel Chappell for a 20-yard touchdown pass.

The Tigers would line up for two with Marcus Stamey in the wildcat.

Stamey would then drop back and find Chappell to convert the play, cutting the lead to 21-8 with 5:04 left in the quarter.

The Bulldogs next three possessions resulted in points from a potent ground game that increased the lead to 42-8 with 6:37 left in the half.

The Tigers would establish another scoring drive, racking up 75 yards in 12 plays. Stewart would find Hooper Thomas this time for an 11-yard touchdown.

Stamey's kick cut the lead to 42-15 with 1:57 left in the half.

The Bulldogs struck quickly with four short plays. The score would put Murphy up 48-15 with 59 seconds left in the half.

The Tigers would use five plays for 55 yards and get on the board as time expired.

Stewart once again found Thomas for a one-yard touchdown. Stamey's kick led to a 48-22 halftime score.

The second half was all Bulldogs as they would score three times in the third quarter and once in the final quarter to take the 71-22 conference win.

The Tigers rushed 20 times for 77 yards while the defense allowed 629 yards rushing on 38 carries. The Tigers racked up 262 yards in the air while allowing only 116 yards.

Stamey was the Tigers' leading rusher with 74 yards on 16 carries.

Stewart was 18-of-28 for 200 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Thomas had nine catches for 105 yards.

Chappell had three catches for 67 yards. Logan Powell added four catches for 41 yards.

Sophomore Ryland Jones was the Tigers' leading tackler with eight.

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

The Tigers will travel to Hayesville (1-8) Friday night for the final game of the regular season.

The game will have a lot of implications for the upcoming playoffs.


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