Tigers go down to Hornets

Fayetteville High School Tigers took a loss in their region opener on the road at Huntland. FHS went down to the Hornets, 34-15.

City is off to an 0-3 start with the meat of the region schedule coming up.

"We played well at times but we gave up to many big plays in the first half," Coach Alvin Palmer said. "Our defense was much better in the second half but we should have played that way the whole game."

"They (Huntland) didn't do anything we didn't expect," Palmer added. "We got down early and couldn't turn it around."

"We've just got to keep plugging," he continued. "We're young, just three seniors on the team, we've got to play the kids we've got and they're responding, working hard and getting better."

"Mt. Pleasant will be here Friday night and they have a lot of speed," added Coach Palmer. "We'll work hard preparing and we want everyone to come out and support the Tigers."

The Tigers gave up two quick scores on runs of 81 and 52 yards. At the 4:43 mark FHS trailed 13-0. But in their next possession City's Isaac Pace broke loose for a 52 yard romp. The two point conversion failed and the Hornets were up 13-6.

In the second period Huntland tacked on two scores on runs of 13 and 75 yards. The Tigers trailed 27-6 with 6:06 in the second.

Fayetteville put points on the board with five seconds remaining in the period on a 32 yard field goal by Stephen Yatsko. The Hornets were up 27-9 at the break.

Huntland tacked on their final score in the third - again on a big play, a 61 yard punt return.

The final score for the Tigers came at the 2:54 mark in the fourth when Xavier Gray took it in from the 20. At the buzzer the Hornets had the win, 34-15.

This week FHS will celebrate homecoming hosting Mt. Pleasant. The visiting Tigers come to town with a 3-0 record defeating Monterey, 34-7; Collinwood, 30-13; and Richland, 39-7. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Tigers, by the numbers
Offense: Tigers put up 196 total yards, 174 on the ground, 22 in the air
Rushing: Isaac Pace, 15 carries for 111 yards and 1 score; Xavier Gray, 7 for 58 yards and 1 score; Graham Pace, 9 for 32.
Passing: Isaac Pace, completed 2 of 8 attempts for 22 yards with 1 interception
Receiving: Ethan Causey, 2 catches for 22 yards
Defense: Tigers gave up 393 total yards, 360 on the ground, 33 yards in the air. Isaac Pace finished with 5 tackles; Graham Pace, 5; Will Ellis, 4; Jaden Hadley, 2.5; Isaac Causey, 2.5; Jay Buchanan, 2.5; Ethan Causey, 2.5; Zayshon Pullen 2.5; Shavion Edminston, 2.
Punting: Isaac Pace, 3 for 35 yard average; Stephen Yatsko, 2 for 31 yard average.
Field Goals: Stephen Yatsko, 1 for 1 good from 32 yards.