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Maroon Devils Power Past Tigers 42-7 In SMC Contest


October 14, 2019

Brennan Chapman

The Smoky Mountain Conference is tough, and the Swain County Maroon Devils are one of the reasons.

Friday night, the Rosman Tigers had the momentous task of trying to slow them down on their own turf.

Swain came into Friday night as one of two teams still undefeated in the conference and one of three SMC teams in the top state rankings.

Unfortunately, the Tigers were out-manned and the final result was a 42-7 loss.

Just looking out on the field, fans could not help but noticing Swain senior Nick Milsap.

Milsap came in at 6"7' 295 pounds and he proved to be a one-man wrecking crew on the Maroon Devils' offensive line.

At times he blocked three Tigers at a time and the Maroon Devils used that space all night running to his side.

Swain scored 21 points in the first quarter and post ed another 14 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 halftime lead.

The Maroon Devils scored again in the third quarter to increase the score to 42-0 with 7:39 left in the third quarter.

Rosman's Thomas Collins did his best to pace the Tigers' offense Friday night against a ferocious Swain County defensive front. Ultimately, the Maroon Devils proved too much in the 42-7 victory. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

The Tigers never quit and played hard all night, and the coaching staff has mentioned that is something to build on.

That effort and fight paid off at the end of the game as the Tigers finally got on the board as Brennan Chapman scored from one yard out to prevent the shutout.

The PAT made the score 42-7 as the Tigers fell to Swain.

The Tigers ran the ball 27 times for 74 yards while allowing Swain to rack up 362 yards on 35 rushes.

Neither side had many passing yards, with the Tigers completing one pass for two yards while Swain finished with a pair of completions for 24 yards.

Thomas Collins was the Tigers' leading rusher with 22 rushes for 57 yards. Andrew Stamey added 12 yards on two carries.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 1-7 on the year and 0-3 in the SMC while Swain improves to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

The Tigers have a bye this week before traveling to Murphy (6-1) next Friday, Oct. 25.


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