TCHS 10, Friendship 6
From Post staff reports
The Yellowjackets mounted a 10-0 lead at intermission, but hit a brick wall in the second half as the underdog Commander defense made stop after stop.
“I would say that if you polled everyone in that stadium, our people, their people -- nobody gave us a chance,” said FCS coach John McNeal. “I’m awfully proud of our kids, the way they prepared. Watching ‘em before the game, getting taped, in the locker room, they were focused and ready to play. They did the work getting prepared during the week. Our defensive coaches did a great job preparing a plan, making sure we were lined up correctly and the rest was up to the kids. They played unbelievable football.”
Late in the first quarter, Trousdale County converted a fourth and 13 at the Commander with a 24 yard pass play -- setting the ‘Jackets up first and goal at the FCS eight yard line.
On third and goal from the three, Tyler McMillan scored on a sweep of left end for the game’s first points at the 4:29 mark. Mack Sanders knocked down a 28 yard field goal for TCHS with just 00:08 left before intermission as the two-time defending state champs took a 10-0 lead into intermission.
Friendship came out roaring to start the second half by mounting a 66 yard, 12 play drive that ended with a five yard touchdown run by Dekolas Reeves. The point after touchdown attempt was blocked -- leaving the score at 10-6.
Friendship had a couple of big plays negated by penalty -- including a run of some 44 yards by eighth grade wingback Stephen Hollis that was called back on a hold. A 36 yard punt return by Chris Hall was negated by a block in the back.
FCS limited the ‘Jackets to 241 yards on 44 plays while the Commanders had 233 yards on 53 snaps. Kyle Neal had 46 yards rushing on 11 attempts while Reeves added 45 on 20 tries. Hall had two carries for 39 yards. FCS plays at Watertown Friday, Oct. 8.