Little Johns big vs. Tigers

Friday, September 27, 2002

Before the Tigers could finish tying their shoes they were down 7-0 in a non-conference game that got out of hand quickly, as Danville pummeled Green Forest 38-14 last Friday at Tiger field.

The Little Johns showed why they were ranked No. 5 in AA, as they executed both sides of the ball very well.

Green Forest fumbled almost immediately on the opening drive, which set up Danville on the Tiger 20. In five plays, the Little Johns Justin Hayden scored from four yards out for the 6-0 lead. Josh Connell would add the PAT for a 7-0 mark.

The Tigers turned the ball over once again on their next possession, but Tiger Neil McCutcheon sacked the visitor's quarterback on defense to keep the game close after one quarter.

In the second quarter it was all Danville, as they scored 25 more points.

Two of their scores would come via the air, as 177 of their 342 total yards would come that way. Danville would use seven different receivers on the night and nine different backs to carry on the ground.

Green Forest could only muster 32 total yards in the first half, gaining no first downs compared to 13 for the Little Johns. Danville racked up 212 yards in the first half.

The Tigers would get on the boards in the second half, as they defeated the Danville second-team, 14-6.

The Tigers got runs of 31 yards from C.J. Matthews and six from Austin Lasater for touchdowns. Williams Carmona added the extra-points both times.

Matthews would lead the Tigers in rushing with 54 yards on seven carries. Lasater was next with 31 on 10 keepers. Josh Brightwell added 29 on 10 totes.

The only downfall for the Little Johns was their kicking game. Danville was only able to convert 2 of 6 PAT's.

On defense, Chris Newboles led the attack with nine tackles. Kevin Hartsell and John Foster added eight tackles each, and Michael Clark added six. Shawn McGill had an interception, and Ty Mitchell was able to block an extra-point.

The Tigers will enter 1AAA conference action this week as they start the first of two consecutive road trips. Lincoln is the destination this Friday, with game time slated for 7:30 p.m.

Green Forest droped to 1-2 on the year, while Danville improved to 3-0.

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