By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Charles Moore saw his Lee County TigerCats score 48 points on Saturday night in their Gridiron Developmental Football League season opener against Arkansas, but the coach’s postgame focus was on his defense.
The TigerCats’ stop troops pitched a 48-0 shutout in the game at Tupelo Christian Prep. The GDFL is a developmental semi-professional league with teams based throughout the United States.
“Our defense was awesome,” Moore said. “The Arkansas team never crossed midfield. We had 12 sacks.”
Defensive ends A.J. Alexander, a former Mississippi MudCats player, and Mark Enlow led Lee County with 3.5 sacks apiece.
Cornerback Noah Swims, a former ICC player, intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown while free safety Marquise Spurgeon, who played for Louisiana Tech, recorded an interception.
“Arkansas ran a spread offense, mostly out of a pistol set,” Moore said. “We ran a 3-4 base defense and kept mixing things up with our linebackers. We ran a cover three in our secondary. Our defensive backs played awesome, too.”
Spurgeon also caught a 38-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Punch McFadden. Billy Dobbs also caught a 23-yard pass from McFadden, who added a 42-yard scoring run.
Running back Jeremy Caston scored on a 15-yard run and caught an 8-yard TD pass on a screen from starting QB Collin Golden. The quarterback added a six-pointer on a 35-yard scamper.
Former ICC kicker Tommy Pharr connected on 6 of 7 extra points.
“I was pleased with our offense, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Moore said. “We want to run the spread and open up our passing game.”
The TigerCats (1-0) travel to Baton Rouge for a 7 p.m. game Saturday against the Louisiana Bayou Vipers.
Lee County’s next GDFL home game is scheduled for June 18 when they host the Pike County (Miss.) Iron Horse at TCPS.
“I was proud of these players, they didn’t quit,” Moore said. “We want to have a team people can be proud of.”
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– Saturday: At Louisiana Bayou Vipers, 7 p.m.
– June 18: Home vs. the Pike County (Miss.) Iron Horse, 7 p.m.
Note: Home games played at the Tupelo Christian Prep field.