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Bulldogs Power Past Tigers To Take Control Of SMC


Last updated 3/29/2021 at 4:13pm

Tiger quarterback Tyler Stamey drops back in the pocket during Rosman's home game against Murphy on Friday night. Stamey finished with 61 passing yards in the Tigers' loss.

The Rosman Tigers had an enormous task on Friday night as they took on the 4-0 Murphy Bulldogs, and, to make matters worse, it was on Homecoming night at Silversteen Memorial Stadium.

Murphy came in tied for first with Robbinsville and is ranked in the top 50 teams in North Carolina. Several of the Bulldogs' lineman have signed with D1 programs, and Yousef Mugharbil is headed to Florida next season.

The Tigers were without full back Andrew Stamey, leaving Derick Snyder straight off the injured reserve list to pick up the hard yardage as the Tigers fell 50-0 to the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs struck quickly, hitting the Tigers for 22 points in the first quarter, and followed that up with two scores in the second quarter to lead 42-0 at halftime.

The Rosman Tiger homecoming court took center stage at the midfield as Tracy Owen completed her 26th year running of the homecoming festivities.

Emma Abrams won Homecoming Queen with Rachel Carnathan winning first runner up. Madison Aiken won Tiger Princess.

The Tiger offense came out in the second half with a game plan to work on the passing attack and at times quarterback Tyler Stamey found success moving the sticks.

He found Carson Lyday, Cayden Slonecker, and Dylan McCall on several occasions, but the Tigers never found the endzone.

Murphy would find the endzone once more in the third quarter to seal the deal and hand the Tigers a 50-0 loss.

After the game, head coach Dusty Robinson spoke about the fact that the Tigers made it out pretty healthy and was excited that next week the Tigers would be getting the entire roster back from injury reserve.

Randy Moretz finished with 71 kick return yards and eight rushing yards against the Bulldogs. The Tigers return to action this Friday night with a road trip to Hayesville. (Times photos by Scotty Ruff)

"It is a bonus we came out with the same amount of healthy bodies we came in with. Barring an injury in practice this week, next Friday at Hayesville will be the first time we have our entire team dressed to play. We responded in the second half and we had a good second half in the air. I challenged them at half time that you're not beat until you quit and we fought in the second half."

The Tigers had only 104 yards of total offense.

Stamey had 61 passing yards on an 8-of-17 effort. The Tigers had 43 yards on the ground while allowing Murphy 294 yards. Murphy had 152 yards in the air.

Snyder led the Tigers' rushing game with 23 yards on 10 carries. Lyday led the receivers with 38 yards on a 4-5 effort.

McCall added 20 yards receiving. Lyday added eight tackles with Nathan Mahoney and Josh Norton second with six tackles.

The Tigers fall to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

The Tigers will travel to Hayesville Friday night and hope to bring some fans as the restrictions have been raised to 50 percent capacity for fans.


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