The Macon County Tigers brought the 2014 season in with an enormous bang. They won their first game Friday night against the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets. The Tigers haven't won a game against the Yellow Jackets since 2006 when the score ended with Macon 17 and Trousdale County 16.
Macon County won the toss up and elected to receive. Trousdale was the first to put a number on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a touchdown and the extra point kick. However the Tigers didn't let the Jackets stay on the scoreboard alone for long, #11 Tyler Carlisle scored a touchdown and #10 Brandon Noles followed up with an extra point to even out the score.
The Tigers failed to raise their score in the second quarter, while Yellow Jackets scored a second touchdown and along with the extra point raised their score to 14. The end of the first half ended with Macon County trailing Trousdale County 7 to 14.
With just over five minutes left in the third quarter, Trousdale County's #11 scored their third touchdown and the extra point kick was good. Shortly thereafter Macon County's #15 Seth Carlisle made the Tigers' second touchdown, but the field goal was no good. The third quarter ended with Trousdale in the lead 21 to 13.
Macon County came back in the fourth quarter with #15 Seth Carlisle scoring a touchdown. The Tigers went for a two point conversion which was successful. The game went into overtime with the score 21 to 21.
Tigers went four and out on their possession in the first overtime. Their defense did a tremendous job forcing Trousdale to kick. Both teams held their own but neither scored.
Following the missed field goal Macon Counties defense opened up the 2nd overtime with another huge stop, giving their offense the opportunity to win the game. Tigers took a timeout to get their personnel and the play call right. The offensive line got a great push and Seth Carlisle took the quarterback dive into the endzone on our first play of the 2nd overtime to win.
Macon County won their first game of the 2014 season against Trousdale County 27 to 21.
Emotions took over on the field with players, coaches, parents and fans cheering, and even shedding a few tears. Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, along with SRO Officers Terry Atkins and Brian Carter flipped the light switch on in their patrol car and escorted the team from Trousdale County Stadium to Macon County Jr. High. When the parade of buses and adoring fans reached the top of Hwy 10 they were met with additional police escorts and fans shooting off fireworks and honking horns, showing their support for the Macon County Tigers.
“This is a great win for our program. To go into Trousdale County and come away with a victory is one thing, the way we did it is what means the most to our program. They have tremendous tradition and just came off an undefeated campaign that concluded with the 2A state championship,” stated Tiger Head Coach Nathan Wilson. “I'm very excited about the way our team competed throughout the course of the game, regardless of the circumstances. We failed to get any points when we were in scoring position as the 1st half concluded and went into halftime down 7. In the 3rd quarter, we found ourselves down 21-7. Our team's ability to continue to believe in what we're doing, believe in each other, and find a way to give us a chance to win the game in overtime is a huge testament to the culture change we're developing within our program. It was a total team effort.
“Our guys played their hearts out in a tough environment. We look forward to the continued support from our community. This is a great opportunity for us to continue to build with this victory behind us. It is critical that our players and coaches stay humble and continue to prepare with the same purpose and focus. I encourage everyone to come out Friday night for our home opener and support this team.”
Fans can watch their hometown team this Friday night at their home field as they face the Westmoreland Eagles at 7PM.