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Fast Starts Leads Yellowjackets Past Tigers In SMC Contest


November 4, 2019

Rosman's Carson Lyday looks for open space on a kickoff return during Friday night's contest. The Tigers fought hard, but couldn't overcome a fast start by Hayesville.

It's been a long, tough season for the Tiger football team and Friday night was no different as the Tigers tried to get back into the win column.

Rosman hosted Hayesville, a team the Tigers have manhandled over the years, but the Yellowjackets came to play, as they handed the Tigers a 35-10 loss in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

The Tiger defense looked to force a three-and-out as Hayesville faced a fourth-and-five from their own 45-yard line.

However, Hayesville ran a fake punt and scored from 55 yards out.

The quick TD put the Yellowjackets up 7-0 and set the tone that the Tigers could never recover from.

Hayesville struck again at the end of the first quarter on a one-yard run from the quarterback that put the Yellowjackets up 14-0.

The Tiger offense never got much going, and a few questionable calls doomed any positives the Tigers might have had.

Hayesville scored again just before the half, as they went to the air with 55 seconds left for a 36-yard touchdown putting them up 21-0.

The Tigers came out looking better in the second half as quarterback Brennan Chapman and running back Thomas Collins carried the load for the Tigers.

Fullback Derick Snyder got into the action as well, but the drive stalled near the red zone.

Rosman kicker Mason Bandhauer came running onto the field and drilled a 30-yard field goal to get the Tigers on the board 21-3.

Hayesville responded with 2:19 left in the third quarter on another 10-yard passing touchdown that increased the lead to 28-3.

Disaster struck the Tigers on the next offensive series.

A defensive lineman tipped a pass attempt from Chapman into the air and into and the hands of a Hayesville defender who ran it back for a pick-six.

The Yellowjackets led 35-3 at the end of the quarter.

The Tigers finally found the end zone at the end of the fourth quarter, as Chapman aired it out to Tyler Stamey for 23-yard touchdown.

Bandhauer added the PAT, but the Tigers would get no closer in the loss.

Chapman was 4-of-15 passing for 72 yards with one touchdown.

Tiger senior Brennan Chapman tries to evade pressure in the pocket against the Yellowjackets' pass rush. Chapman finished 4-of-15 on the night, with 72 yards and one touchdown pass.

Collins had nine carries for 48 yards and Synder added 40 yards on 12 carries.

Rosman head coach Dan Esenburg talked about his Tigers at the River Bend lodge with the Rosman Tiger sports network crew.

"When we looked at Hayesville on film, we were worried about speed and that showed. We don't have a lot of speed on the back end, and if we don't play perfect we are in trouble. Those boys knew they were in a ballgame as our kids played hard from start to finish. We played defense on that fake we didn't have a punt return on, we just laid an egg and that hurt us early in the game. The big chunk plays killed us on the ground," Essenberg said.

The Tigers fall to 1-9 overall and 0-5 in the SMC.

Rosman will travel to Andrews on Friday night for the season finale.


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