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Eight grade Tigers lose to Union
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Hayden McKinney runs past a Panther defender during last weeks home game against Union County.

The eighth grade Tigers lost at home last Thursday to the Union County Panthers after a strong defensive effort.

"Playing football is just like life itself," said Coach Chad Muilenberg. "Every week you face adversity and have to deal with it. This week, we had three key players that either missed the game or played hurt and that created challenges and affected our team chemistry."

The first quarter of play saw no score despite a Dawson County drive and field goal attempt.

After the turnover on downs, the Tiger defense held and Chris Cofield had a couple of long completions to Brendan Swafford. The drive stalled near the Panther 10-yard line.

Dawson went for it on fourth but were unable to convert.

"The players fought hard and continued to learn the complicated high school offense and defense which is preparing them for the next four years," Muilenberg said.

The defense went back to work and came up with an interception by Brandon Lantz on a tipped ball in the second quarter. The Panthers answered with a takeaway of their own a couple of downs later.

Elliot Woodcock and Bradley Newton got in the backfield for a sack during the next defensive outing.

During the third quarter, the offense again tried to convert on fourth down near midfield but the Maximos Moon keeper was unsuccessful and the Panthers again took over. The Tiger D held up again and got the ball back at their own 48-yard line.

The Panthers came up with a pick six on the following drive. The extra point was good and the Tigers were down 7-0.

Alex LeBlanc was able to return the kickoff 15 yards to the 35 to start the next drive, but the Tigers weren't able to move the ball.

The Panthers completed a pass that was good for another touchdown to put them up 14-0 with 13 seconds in the third quarter.

In the final quarter the Panthers were able to score again on the ground to finish the game 21-0 over Dawson County.

The Tigers are now 2-5 overall. They will play Pickens County at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at home. It is the last game before the playoffs.