• Photo by RENEE BYNUM - L-K wrapped up a playoff spot with a solid 61-21 win over previously undefeated Wolfe City.

L-K dominates previously undefeated Wolfe City, 61-21

The Linden-Kildare Tigers played against Wolfe City this past Friday night at Jack Hetherington-Tiger stadium. 
L-K entered the game with a 1-2 district record and Wolfe City came in 3-0.
Wolfe City’s undefeated record ended with the final buzzer of the game as the stands cleared and the lights went out, L-K would come out on top, 61- 21,  over the Wolves.

First Quarter

The Wolves would win the coin toss and defer to the second half. 
Linden-Kildare started the night with a three-and-out. The Wolves’ opening drive resulted in a touchdown with 6:35 left in the first. 
The PAT was good and WC was up, 7-0.
The Tigers’ next drive would be successful after a 47-yard run by sophomore LaDavian Johnson to the endzone.
The successful PAT put the score at 7-all with 4:00 left on the clock.
The Wolves would give it right back to the Tigers on a fumble created and recovered by junior Ty Patterson. 
On the very next drive senior Marty Johnson would connect with junior Marquise Jones for a 42-yard touchdown pass.
The PAT was no good but L-K was on top, 13- 7, with 3:38 left to play. 
The Wolves turned the ball over after an unsuccessful fourth down on their next drive, and the Tigers would take advantage of that opportunity with a 46-yard scamper for a TD by LaDavian Johnson.
The 2-point conversion was successful after a pass from Marty Johnson to Ty Patterson with just a little over a minute to play in the first. 
With that L-K was up, 21-7.
After a 50-yard kick by junior Caleb Cunningham the Wolves fumbled the ball when Ty Patterson got in on the play.
On the second play of the drive LaDavian Johnson scored on a 24-yard scamper into the endzone. 
The PAT was good and L-K was up, 28-7, with 47 seconds left in the first.
The quarter ended with Wolfe City in possession of the ball.

Second Quarter

After a long battle back and forth by both teams the Wolves coughed up the ball after a fine play by the Tiger senior Dre’shawn Williams which was recovered by sophomore Nic Kunze.
That led to a stunning pass by junior Jacob Owen to Ja’Kevian Rose for a 37-yard Tiger touchdown.
The PAT was no good but the Tigers increased their lead to, 34-7, with 5:34 left in the half. 
The Wolves’ next drive ended abruptly as Owen caused a fumble which was recovered by LaDavian Johnson. 
Three plays later LaDavian Johnson would run the ball into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. 
The PAT pass was no good but L-K boosted its lead to, 40-7, with 2:54 in the first half 
The Tiger defense would dominate the rest of the half and keep Wolfe City from scoring again.

Third Quarter

The Tigers would start out on defense to begin the third. 
Wolfe City would keep the ball on the ground and find the end zone half way through the quarter.
After the successful PAT the score stood at, 40-14.
LaDavian Johnson scored on a 59-yard run afterwards and with the PAT L-K was ahead, 47-14, with 5:46 left in the third frame.
The Wolves would turn it over once again with an unsuccessful fourth down and L-K would take advantage one more time in the third with a 42-yard gain for a first down. 
On the next play Owen would end the drive with a 22-yard run for a touchdown. 
The PAT was good and it gave the Tigers a substantial lead of, 54-14, over the Wolves. 
The Wolves would keep possession to end the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter 

Wolfe City would slowly drive the ball down the field and find the endzone with 6:10 left to play in the fourth. The PAT was successful and the lead was cut to, 54-21.
After the kick the Tigers’ offense would come out on the field for a total of 31 seconds to score their final touchdown of the night with a run by sophomore Nate Holloway for 58 yards. 
The PAT was good and the score would stand at, 61-21, until the end of the contest.
The Tigers would end the night with 15 first downs, 369 rushing yards, and 466 total yards on offense. 
L-K would go 4-for-8 with 97 total passing yards. The Tigers recovered 4-out-of-5 fumbles of the night and had only one penalty for five yards.
The Tigers were mentally and physically ready for the battle this past Friday night. 
The coaching was supreme and the intensity of the game was by far the best so far this season. 
But all the credit goes to the young men who stepped out on the field and gave it their all. With goals being set by Coach Simmons anything is possible for L-K.
The Tigers will travel to Quinlan Boles to take on the Hornets this coming Friday night. 
With the Tigers wanting to up their district standings it is sure one game not to be missed. 
Come out and support your Tigers. Don’t forget to wear your blue and white.

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