Saltillo improves to 5-1

BYRD

BYRD

Daily Journal reports

LAKE CORMORANT – Saltillo has achieved a lot in six games. Satisfaction isn’t on that list.

Tyler Tollison ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, and the Saltillo defense produced two safeties as the Tigers defeated Lake Cormorant 32-13 to win their Division 1-5A opener and improve to 5-.

A safety by Jalen Hadley had the Tigers up 2-0 after the first quarter. Tollison passed 56 yards to Reggie Miller and scored on a 15-yard run, and Saltillo got a safety from Conner Wade to lead 18-7 at halftime.

“In the second half we were better on offense, but the defense forgot how to tackle,” Saltillo coach Pat Byrd said. “They have the kind of guys that if you miss one, they can go for 40 yards. We did not do a good job of tackling in space.”

In a 12-point game after three quarters the Tigers got an 8-yard TD run from Diamante Pounds and shut out Lake Cormorant (3-2, 0-1) in the fourth.

The win sets up a key division game at Saltillo next week against unbeaten Oxford, which defeated West Point 30-20 Friday.

“Oxford is a very good, very talented football team,” Byrd said. “For the most part our guys are confident right now, but at 5-1 we still have a lot of stuff to clean up. We’re proud we’ve got them at home.”