Chris Brooks/For the Times Macon County freshman Nate Green runs to the end zone after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of the Tigers’ 70-8 victory over Glencliff.

Chris Brooks/For the Times

Macon County freshman Nate Green runs to the end zone after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of the Tigers’ 70-8 victory over Glencliff.

The scoreboard at Pat Parker Memorial Field got its biggest workout last Friday evening.

That's because the Macon County High football team piled up the most points in a game in school history, rolling to a 70-8 victory over visiting Glencliff in the Tigers' annual homecoming contest.

The Tigers (2-2) have now outscored their last two opponents by a 125-15 margin.

Macon County rushed for 285 yards on 27 attempts in the contest, very efficient considering the Tigers' average starting field position was at Glencliff's 35 yard line.

"(With the) starters, I think we threw the ball twice," Macon County head coach Kyle Shoulders said. "They executed our base stuff. They had a goal coming into this game. That last touchdown they got, they were really excited. They set a goal earlier in the week after last week and to see them achieve it -- with the varsity guys only playing a quarter-and-a-half and the junior varsity coming in and playing the way they did -- that's amazing."

Five different Tigers scored rushing touchdowns, and two others reached the end zone on defense and special teams.

"(We) had a great homecoming," senior two-way lineman Levi Borders said. "That's everything a senior can ask for on his last homecoming."

Junior Ethan Jenkins, senior Isaac Belton and sophomore Landon Colter all had two rushing scores, while juniors Dylan Chupp and Hunter Herron both added touchdowns on the ground.

"First of all, that's how homecoming's supposed to go," Shoulders said. "Guys are supposed to come out and finish the game. We played all our pups toward the end of the second quarter and all of the second half.

"It's valuable experience for those guys, and I'm proud of them. All these dudes on the roster have put in an astronomical amount of work, and for them to not have a letdown when we were subbing as much as we did, that's something to be proud of."

The Tigers led 35-0 after the first quarter, quickly getting out to an early lead after scoring three plays into the contest. Jenkins capped off the opening series with a 19-yard touchdown run after just 53 seconds had elapsed.

Belton added a 12-yard score to finish the second series, a four-play drive that began at the Colts' 26 yard line after Jenkins picked off Glencliff quarterback Markel Dudley.

Dudley was intercepted again less than a minute later, this time by sophomore linebacker Dawson Long, who returned it 19 yards to extend Macon County's lead to 21-0 with 7:11 left in the first quarter. It was the Tigers' third interception return for a touchdown in two games.

After a deflected punt put the Tigers at the Colts' 30 yard line, Belton cashed in on the next play with his second touchdown of the evening.

"It's amazing," Belton said. "After weeks one and two, falling to some tough rivals (Smith County and Westmoreland), it feels good to be able to bounce back and set school records like that."

Senior quarterback Jon Mark Gammons only attempted two passes in the contest, and his lone completion -- a 27-yard diving catch by sophomore Cameron Houston -- set up Jenkins' next touchdown run, a 34-yarder near the end of the first quarter.

Senior Curtis Oliver picked up a Glencliff punt and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown 26 seconds into the second quarter, while Herron's 28-yard scoring run extended the Tigers' lead to 42-0 with 7:32 remaining in the first half.

Chupp found the end zone from five yards out with 2:41 left before halftime as the Tigers took a 56-0 lead into the locker room.

"That was our main problem in the first few games, not being able to punch it in when we needed to," Borders said.

Glencliff's lone sustained drive resulted in the only points of the third quarter when Dudley found Keith Miller in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. By that point, Tiger starters had all been on the sideline for a full quarter.

"It keeps us fresh," Belton said of the starters' short night. "We only played a quarter-and-a-half and got out to let the young guys play. Maybe we keep our momentum going next week and punch our ticket into the playoffs."

Colter found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter, with the second one coming on a 28-yard scamper on fourth-and-11 with just 20 seconds remaining in the game to set the school record for points in a contest. No Macon County team had ever scored 70 in a game, and the previous record was 68 in 1982.

"Our guys were a little disappointed hearing how close they were (to the school record)," Shoulders said. "That's what they wanted to do. To be able to do it the way we did it with as many guys playing, it's important. We felt like we could have done it last week (in a 55-7 win at Mt. Juliet Christian) if we kept all our guys in, but we didn't feel like that was the right thing to do."

The Tigers held Glencliff to 76 total yards, including minus-6 yards on the ground, thanks to 11 tackles for a loss. Senior defensive lineman Rodney Tuck had three of those stops behind the line of scrimmage, while freshman defensive lineman Mason Swindle added 2.5. Junior defensive back Landon Whittemore had two.

Macon County turns its attention to its region opener next week at Cumberland County. The winner is all but assured of a playoff spot in Class 4A, and while it wouldn't officially clinch a playoff spot just yet, the Tigers understand the game's importance.

"(It's a) huge game next week," Shoulders said. "Playoff implications are at on the line. We've got to take care of business next week for sure. Hopefully, this is the momentum we can take into next week."