Tigers unbeaten, 42-13 over Lincoln

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

GREEN FOREST -- Coach Bill Gotto's Tigers took advantage of three fumble recoveries and an interception and another 100-plus yard rushing game by Caleb Goodman to post a 42-13 victory over the Lincoln Wolves on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Tigers (4-0) racked up 277 yards on the ground and went 4 of 6 in the air for 92 yards against a scrappy Wolves team that trailed just 21-7 at the half.

"Lincoln had a good game plan, used a goal line defense with eight men,"?Coach Gotto said. "They had nice size so we had to spread the field. The spread is a part of our game plan. There were some things they didn't cover."

Goodman had another big night, rushing for 131 yards on 14 carries for two touchdowns, and connecting on 3 of 4 passes for 87 yards with a touchdown and one interception. The senior has now had four 100-yard games.

"I don't look ahead to individual stats (at the first of the year), but he is the returning leading rusher,"?Gotto said.

Goodman scored the team's first touchdown at 7:07 of the first quarter on a 42-yard dash. Then quarterback Barrett Phillips showed his speed, reading the option and racing in for six from 23 yards out at the 3:05 mark.

The Tigers went for two that time after a missed PAT on the first touchdown, with Goodman carrying to make it 14-0.

"We got some good downfield blocking from our receivers -- Lucas Graham, Jordan Alvard, Colby Arnold, Craig Couey, and Robbie Ness. We drill on that,"?Gotto said.

Lincoln quarterback Casey Williams scored at the 9:00 mark of the second quarter to make it 14-7, then Lincoln coughed up a second fumble, setting the Tigers up at the Wolves 14.

With 2:43 to go in the first half, Jacob Wallace scored on a 4-yard run, with Salvador Hernandez kicking the extra point for a 21-7 lead.

The Tigers struck twice in the second half, the first at 4:18 when Goodman raced in from 12 yards out. Hernandez booted the extra point and it was 28-7.

"Mike Kerby and Cody Howard had good trap blocks on Goodman's long runs," Gotto said.?"We had good execution by the inside line and tight ends. Our tackles, Jordan Compton and Buster Burns, are important in our spread game."

The second score came at 1:16 of the third when Goodman found Lucas Graham open for a screen pass and the senior raced 58 yards to make it 35-7.

Coach Gotto said on Graham's score, "I'm not surprised. He has run that play 100 times in practice. He has good speed and got a good block, then his speed took him to the score."

Graham also had an interception and 18 yard return.

Lincoln put up a final score at 7:44 of the fourth quarter on an 8-yard pass to make it 35-13, but the Tigers would score last when Kalin Whiteley dashed in on a 9-yard burst with just 3:33 left in the game to make the final 42-13.

Hernandez kicked that point after and three others on the night. In the final minutes, Abel Reyes had 4 carries for 28 yards, Whiteley 3 for 8, Austin McCullough 1 for 12, and Joel Warren 1 for 1 yard.

Game Stats

Rushing- Robbie Ness- 6/24; Jacob Wallace- 8/45; Goodman- 14/131; Phillips- 5/28; Reyes- 4/28; Whiteley- 3/8; McCullough- 1/12; Warren- 1/1. Team- 277 yds.

Passing- Goodman- 3/4 for 87 yds., TD, Int; Phillips- 1/2 for 5 yds. Team- 92 yds.

Total Offense- 369 yards.

Receiving- Graham- 2/63, 58 yd. TD; Alvard- 1/28; Arnold- 1/7.

1st Downs- GF- 11; LN- 9.

Penalties- GF- 5/50; LN- 4/25.

Fumbles- GF- 2, lost 1; LN- 4, lost 3.

Tackles- (solo/assist) Paul Wells- 0/2, fumble recovery; Reyes- 2/0; Whiteley 2/1; Ness 1/2; Phillips- 1/0; Alvard 3/1, fumble recovery; Cody Kilgore- 1/1; Tyler Harness- 0/1; Keith Horton- 0/1; Graham- 0/3, Int., 18-yd. return; Chris Blanton- 0/2; Matt Snyder- 0/1; Jake VanConnett- 0/4; Kyle Poor- 1/1, fumble recovery; Gary Smith- 0/2; Hernandez- 0/1; Snyder- 2/3; Burns- 0/2; Kerby- 0/2; Arnold- 2/1; Andrew Asbury- 0/5; Couey- 3/2; Chase Neill- 1/0.

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