BOONEVILLE – Last week, the Northeast Tigers responded poorly to wet weather.
This week’s outcome was much better.
Building a bit of momentum, the Tigers have now won two of their last three after Thursday night’s 25-10 victory in a light rain against the Holmes Bulldogs.
“I never thought we’d get this game in, but we were able to control the ball on the ground tonight,” Northeast coach Ricky Smither said. “I knew that whoever made the most mistakes tonight would put themselves in a bad situation, and we did not want that to happen to us.”
Northeast (2-3) appeared to have a nice grasp on the contest most of the way, beginning in the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal by Tyler Turner. Turner added 24-yard effort in the second period, and the Tigers also added a 22-yard scoring pass from Clint Wilson to Dominique King for a 12-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw LaDarrius Madden return and interception 35 yards for a score, but Holmes returned the blocked extra point 80 yards for two points. Later in the period, Holmes added a 5-yard run by Don Smith to cut the Northeast lead to 18-10.
But the Tigers responded with a 10-play, 55-yard drive, capped by an 8-yard touchdown run by Vardaman’s Terrance Jones midway through the fourth quarter.
New Albany’s Jeremy Cannon paced the Tigers ground attack with 106 yards rushing.
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