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Bulldogs Pull Away From Tigers In Rain-Soaked Contest


Last updated 10/28/2019 at 2:23pm

Covered in mud and drenched in rain, Rosman quarterback Brennan Chapman comes to the sidelines to towel off during the Tigers' road game at Murphy on Friday. Heavy rain hindered both teams, but in the end, the Bulldogs came away with a 43-6 victory.

As former Rosman head coach Jim Fox used to say, "The Smoky Mountain Conference is like a fist fight in a ditch."

That was how Friday night's matchup with Murphy started out, and the Rosman Tigers' defense came ready to play.

As the rain picked up hours before the game and continued throughout most of the contest, Murphy's home turf looked like a slip- and-slide rather than a football field.

The Tigers seemed to enjoy the weather, and played inspired football for most of the first half.

But Rosman couldn't escape the big plays, especially in the second half, as the Bulldogs went on to win by a final score of 43-6.

The first quarter was a mud bath, as both teams' defenses seemed locked in and neither offense was willing to take shots down the field.

Footing quickly became a huge issue for both teams as Mud Bowl 2019 took shape.

The Tigers forced Murphy into a three-and-out, but the same conditions doomed Rosman's offense, as well.

At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers looked to change field position as Tyler Stamey intercepted a Murphy pass around the 38-yard line, but the Tigers could not capitalize and the score remained tied at 0-0.

It looked to remain tied going into halftime, but the Bulldogs used two long plays to take the lead.

With 3:07 left, the Bulldogs escaped from the line on an 58-yard touchdown run. Murphy struck again just seconds before the half, this time on a 42-yard blast.

Murphy converted the two-point play, taking a 15-0 halftime lead.

Rosman running back Thomas Collins tiptoes through the puddles during Friday's contest. Collins finished with 85 yards on 19 carries, including a late 42-yard TD run. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

The Bulldogs dominated the third quarter, scoring three times on runs of 35, 52, and 10 yards to pull away from the Tigers 43-0 to end the third quarter.

Rosman got a big play from running back Thomas Collins with 5:40 left in the game.

The senior got around the left side and streaked down the sideline for a 42-yard touchdown run.

The Tigers missed the extra point and fell to Murphy 43-6 in the 2019 Mud Bowl.

Collins was the Tigers' leading rusher with 19 carries for 85 yards.

Quarterback Brennan Chapman ran for 20 yards on 12 carries. He was 2-for-4 through the air for 20 passing yards.

Derick Snyder added 25 yards on 10 carries.

Bradley McCall had one reception for five yards and Stamey had one for 15 yards.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the SMC.

The Tigers host Hayesville (6-3) on Friday for Senior Night and the last home game of the year.


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