The Macon County High School Tiger football team traveled for their matchup with the Vikings of Northwest High School in Clarksville on Friday, November 4 for round one of the TSSAA State Playoffs. The Tigers came in as the number three seed in Region 5 with a 8-2 season, while Northwest was the number two seed in Region 6 with a 6-4 season. Before the game began, the Vikings won the coin toss and they chose to defer, giving the Tigers the first possession of the game.
In the first quarter, the Tigers struck first when Seth Carlisle scored the first touchdown of the night. The extra point attempt was good, making the score 7-0 Tigers. Minutes later, the Vikings scored a touchdown of their own, but their extra point attempt was no good, keeping the Tigers in the lead 7-6. In the last minute of the quarter, Dylan Butler scored the second Tiger touchdown of the night. The two point conversion attempt from Carlisle to Tanner Cleary was good, making the score 15-6 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Michael Tirjan scored a touchdown for the Tigers within the first couple of minutes. The extra point attempt by Medrano was good, making the score 22-6. However, the Vikings answered right back with a touchdown and extra point of their own, making the score 22-13. Midway through the quarter, Tirjan scored his second touchdown of the night. The extra point attempt by Medrano was good, making the score 29-13. On the Vikings’ next possession, Tanner Cleary intercepted the ball, carrying it all the way to the nine yard line before being tackled. Carlisle then ran the ball into the end zone for another Tiger touchdown. The extra point attempt by Medrano was good, increasing the score to 36-13 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Vikings had the first possession of the second half. Midway through the quarter, the Vikings scored a touchdown, but their two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, making the score 36-19. The Tigers struggled a little offensively on their next possession, turning the ball over on downs to the Vikings. The Vikings took advantage of the Tigers’ struggle, and scored another touchdown. Their two point conversion attempt was no good, making the score 36-25 at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter of the game, the Tigers came out hot, quickly moving the ball down the field and allowing Carlisle to score his third touchdown of the night. The extra point attempt by Medrano was good, making the score 43-25. On the Vikings’ next possession, Michael Tirjan intercepted the ball, turning the ball over to the Tigers. The Tigers took advantage of the interception when Braxton Crawford scored another touchdown for the Tigers. The extra point attempt by Medrano was good, making the score 50-25. The Tigers setup to recover an onside kick, which Medrano did. The Tigers capitalized on their recovery when Tirjan scored his third touchdown of the night. The extra point attempt by Medrano was no good, making the score 56-25. The Vikings then scored a touchdown of their own, making the score 56-31. The Vikings then recovered their onside kick, giving them the ball at midfield. The Vikings quickly scored another touchdown, followed by a two point conversion, making the score 56-39. However, the Vikings performance in the last few minutes of the game wasn’t enough. The Tigers claimed victory in round one with a final score of 56-39.
Quarterback Seth Carlisle rushed for 139 yards during this game, increasing his season total rushing to over 1,400 yards. Running Back Michael Tirjan rushed for 216 yards, increasing his season total to over 1,600 yards. With the win, the Tigers’ overall season record improved to 9-2, with a Region record of 4-2.
Also with the win, the Tigers advance to round two of the playoffs for the first time since 2003, when the Tigers went to the State Semifinals. The Tigers will travel to Region 5’s first seeded Pearl Cohn High School on Friday, November 11 for the round two game. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Congratulations on the round one win, Tigers! Best of luck in round two!
Reach Logan Horn at 615-666-2440.