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Injuries Plague Tigers In SMC Loss To Maroon Devils


Last updated 3/15/2021 at 1:46pm

Carson Lyday tries to put the moves on a Swain County defender during Friday's game. Lyday finished with 25 yards rushing on eight carries and one reception for 10 yards. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

The Rosman Tigers have their backs against the wall with roster numbers low to begin with and a few injuries from last week.

The talk of the community was all about how the Tigers could hold up and what happens if more injuries transpire. The Tigers were hopeful after Swain County fell to Andrews last week for the first time since 1972, but the Maroon Devils are a tough opponent at home.

The Tigers looked to be up for the upset early but a innumerable amount of injuries doomed the Tigers, resulting in a 42-8 loss in Bryson City Friday night.

Swain started off the game by going to the air early, as they used seven plays to hit pay dirt.

Damian Lossiah would run a quarterback keeper from two yards out to put the Maroon Devils up 6-0. Swain would miss the kick.

The Tigers would start the ensuing drive from their own 10-yard line. Quarterback Tyler Stamey led the Tigers on a 90-yard, 16-play drive.

It was a team effort drive with Andrew Stamey and Carson Lyday running the ground game to a tee and Tyler Stamey hitting a few quick strikes in the air to Randy Moretz.

The drive would eat up the remainder of the first quarter as Tyler Stamey jumped into the endzone on the first play of the second quarter on a fourth and one play. Stamey would also cash in on the two-point play running it from three-yards out as the Tiger took the lead 8-6 early in the second quarter.

The Tiger defense led by Josh Norton and Keanu Smith-Gause forced Swain to a three-and-out as the Tigers looked to control the game.

On fourth-and-three from their own 37-yard line, head coach Dusty Robinson gave his Tiger offense a shot in the arm by going for the first down. Andrew Stamey rewarded his coach by picking up some hard yardage up the middle. The Tigers moved the ball to the 50 where again the Tigers would go for it on fourth-and-four, but this time the effort came up short.

The tides began to change after that as Swain would again air it out. On a controversial play, one official signaled a touchdown and another called for the ball short of the goal.

In the end the Maroon Devils would be awarded a touchdown taking back the lead 8-14.

The troubles continued as quarterback Tyler Stamey was nagged with a knee issue. A few plays later, Lyday would get his knee banged up and Andrew Stamey would battle a hip issue. The result was a 21-8 halftime lead.

Lyday would take snaps at quarterback and Moretz would take most of the running duties, but the Tigers never regained the momentum giving up 14 points in the third quarter and another score in the final quarter to fall to Swain County 42-8.

Rosman quarterback Tyler Stamey scrambles in the backfield looking for an open target. Stamey rushed for a team-high 40 yards, and added 44 more yards through the air.

After the game, Robinson was asked about the decision to go on fourth and three when the Tigers had the led.

"It was a momentum swing in the game, we were operating defensively. We just felt confident in our guys we could get those yards."

When asked about the injuries that plagued his team, Robinson said, "We are beat up bad. We had some extracurricular activities in the shadow of the whistle and even after the whistle tonight. Our kids were on the short end of that. All we can do is ice them up and treat them and hope for the best on Monday".

Tyler Stamey was the Tigers leading rushers with 40 yards on fourteen carries. Andrew Stamey added 36 yards on 10 carries and Lyday added 25 yards on eight carries.

Moretz led the receivers with four catches for 23 yards. Tyler Stamey's QB rating was 92.3 with 6-7 for 34 yards.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-3 on the season and travel to Enka on Friday night.


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