The Linden-Kildare Tigers traveled to Quinlan Boles to take on the Hornets this past Friday night. L-K left town with a, 49-6, win ending regular season with an 8-2 record and 3-2 in district play.
With the win the Tigers finished second in district play and will be in playoff mode from here on out.
Linden-Kildare began the night on defense after Quinlan Boles won the coin toss and elected to receive. The Hornets’ drive started off smooth but they would end up punting the ball. The Tigers’ opening drive started off spectacular with a run by sophomore LaDavian Johnson for a 31-yard gain.
After just five plays the Tigers would find the end zone. The PAT was no good but L-K was up 6-0 with 6:50 left in the first.
The Hornets’ next drive ended with a fumble caused by junior Ty Patterson. It was recovered by LaDavian Johnson. First-and-10 for your Tigers.
L-K would capitalize on the fumble with a 15-yard run by LaDavian Johnson for a Tiger touchdown.
The PAT run by senior Ja’Kevian Rose was good, bringing the score to 14-0 with 5:53 left.
On the kickoff junior Jacob Owen would cause the Hornets to fumble the ball which was recovered by the Tigers. First-and-10 Tigers.
Senior QB Marty Johnson would connect on the first play of the drive to Rose for a 38-yard touchdown. The PAT was good adding to the Tigers lead 21-0 with 5:39 to go in the first.
The Hornets’ next drive would end with an interception by Owen who returned the pigskin for a 22-yard gain. Marty Johnson would connect with sophomore Deuce Schuler for 12 yards adding another Tiger first down.
Back-to-back runs by LaDavian Johnson would get the Tigers in the end zone with 3:34 left in the first. The PAT run was no good but L-K was up 27-0.
On the Hornets’ next drive the Tigers again gained possession of the ball by a fumble caused by Patterson. Unfortunately L-K would have to punt the ball right back to the Hornets. Quinlan Boles would keep possession to end the first quarter.
The Tiger defense would continue to dominate the Hornets’ offense. Quinlan Boles would end up punting the ball. The Tigers’ next drive would start and end with a single run by LaDavian Johnson for an 87-yard touchdown.
The PAT was no good but L-K increased its lead to 33-0 with 7:28 in the first half.
The Hornets gained only a few yards on their next drive before the ball was intercepted by junior Dalton Alford for a 14-yard return.
The Tigers would charge their way down field and score again with a run by Rose. The PAT kick was no good but the Tigers cushioned its lead at 39-0 with 2:34 left in the second quarter.
The Hornets’ next drive was halted by a fumble caused by sophomore Nate Holloway. The Tigers would keep possession to end the half.
L-K received the ball to start the second half.
After kickoff the Tigers didn’t waste any time with back-to-back runs by LaDavian Johnson for a total of 53 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good and L-K posted a commanding lead of 46-0 with 10:37 left in the third.
The Tigers’ defense would step up on a fourth down conversion by the Hornets earning a Tiger first down. Multiple run plays by the Tigers got them into field goal range. The field goal by Marty Johnson was successful giving the Tigers a substantial lead of 49- 0 against the Hornets with 1:28 left in the third.
The Hornets would finally find the end zone with 12 seconds left in the quarter. The PAT was no good and the score stood at 49-6.
The Tiger defense would stay strong throughout the fourth quarter and keep the Hornets from getting anywhere near the end zone. The final seconds ticked off with L-K securing at 49-6 win over the Hornets.
L-K had 17 first downs with 378 rushing yards and 428 yards of total offense. L-K went 3-for-6 for a total of 50 passing yards.
The Tigers broke two records this season so far. The first record was broken by Marty Johnson who connected with Rose for a 95-yard touchdown. The previous record had been held since 1988. It was a touchdown pass from Cory Pate to David Powell for 80 yards.
The second record broken this year was by junior Ty Patterson with 183 total tackles so far this season. The previous record was held by the late Dustynn Shrader of 166 total tackles for a season back in 1999. The Tigers won district runner up this year and are in the playoffs. Congratulations to these young men for their accomplishments this season so far.
The first playoff game is set for this Thursday night in Big Sandy at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers will take on Kerens. L-K will be the home team.
These young men have showed great pride all season long so come out and give them your support. Don’t forget your blue and white. Come ready to be loud and help cheer these boys on to another victory. We are FAMILY.