By Matt Jones
The Tigers brought a win back to the “Bloc” this past Friday night. The West Blocton Tigers bested the Montevallo Bulldogs 10-7. The win helps the record for the Tigers get to 3-2 and they are now 1-2 in class 4a region 3. The win was not pretty, but the Tigers were able to overcome a lot of adversity to pull out a victory.
The offense for the Tigers against Montevallo was led by quarterbacks Caden Fancher and Trey Lawley. Caden went 6 for 13 with 98 passing yards. He also threw a one-yard pass to Cooper Deerman for a two-point conversion late in the game that helped the Tigers increase their lead to three points. Trey completed 3 passes totaling 28 yards with 1 touchdown. Nate Barron had 16 carries totaling 40 yards of rushing and he had 1 touchdown. The receivers this week did great helping stimulate the offense. Hiler Spencer led this week in receiving yards with 3 receptions for 46 yards. Markell O’Neil also made a big impact with 29 receiving yards and 20 rushing yards.
The defense for the Tigers played stingy all night. They did not give up many yards or points against the Bulldogs. Jamarkus O’Neil played a great game at his defensive tackle position. He had multiple tackles and had 2 fumble recoveries. Tony Mancuso made a big impact on the defensive line with multiple pressures on the quarterback and he ended the night with 1 sack. Kevin Montgomery played well all night against a very talented receiver from Montevallo. Another impact player for the Tigers was Eli Underwood. He was able to make some great plays from his defensive position. One of those plays lead to a safety for the Tigers.
The special teams for the Tigers had its ups and downs. Kevin Montgomery and Markell O’Neil did a great job returning kickoffs all night. Both combined had 88 yards. Markell also had a great night punting with 4 punts averaging 36 yards. This helped keep the Bulldogs with bad starting field during the game.
The West Blocton community supported their team well on Friday night. The Tigers can always count on a supportive fan base. Expect the “Bloc” to be hot this Friday night as the West Blocton Tigers will be taking on the Holtville Bulldogs in West Blocton.
Coach King’s thoughts on the game:
“It was a win for the team and a win we needed. We are still working to put all the elements together for 48 minutes which we have not done that yet.”