Deerfield Outlasts Tiftarea 43-29

Chula- Tiftarea Academy’s first year Head Coach Tully Payne has had a rough month. His kids are showing more heart than could be believed, but hit after hit keeps coming. Entering a contest with Deerfield, his Panther squad was 1-3. They gave Valwood a fight last Friday, until an injury seemed to open a hole for the Valiants. Deerfield would find that fight was still there, but used fresh bodies and a depth advantage to take a 43-23.

Tiftarea started the contest on kick return, having opted to receive. A beautiful reverse between Cam Cobb and Malik Johnson was called back for a block in the back. Negating a huge gain, the Panthers started instead at their own 10-yard line. Logan Carswell was able to keep calm and move the ball with a great catch by Mondo West, but had to punt the ball from the Deerfield 36-yard line. A Cain Cooper punt was downed on the 4-yard line.

The pitch from Tyler Lowe rolls into the end zone on Deerfield's first play from scrimmage. The play resulted in a safety. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

The pitch from Tyler Lowe rolls into the end zone on Deerfield’s first play from scrimmage. The play resulted in a safety.
Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Deerfield’s first play from scrimmage was a pitch to the tail back. It came off Howell Logan’s hands. Logan would fall on it in the endzone for the safety. After the free kick, the Panther running game was stymied but again Carswell found an open receiver in Cam Cobb on third down. Throwing from the DWS 34, Cobb advanced the ball to the 9-yard line for a 22-yard completion. Two plays later, Carswell connected on the far side of the field with Cam Baker for a 5-yard TD catch.

Ahead 9-0, Tiftarea couldn’t stop the running train of Cameron McCook. The fullback amassed 104 yards on 20 carries in the game. His success running opened the passing game as the Panthers had to put more in the box for run support. Tyler Lowe would find Charles Crosby for the score, a 16-yard pass.

On the ensuing kickoff, a TA fumble gave the Knights good field position. Marching from the 44, Lowe and his band of backs rushed for the majority of the drive. Lowe would run a quarterback draw for 22 yards and setup a 2-yd TD by the heavy fullback, McCook. The pat was good, and DWS enjoyed 16-9 lead.

Mondo West returns the ball 97 yards for a Panther TD. Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Mondo West returns the ball 97 yards for a Panther TD.
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That lead would last nine seconds. Mondo West would answer with a 97-yard kickoff return. McKinley Morehead’s PAT was good. 16-14 TA.

McCook took over again, rushing on the final four plays in the redzone before garnering six more on a 4-yard scamper. The PAT would be no good, and Deerfield led 20-16.

TA would be forced to punt on the next possession, and the Cooper punt was blocked. In a strange play, Tiftarea recovered, but officials determined the ball to be Deerfield. The ball had gone more than 10 yards from scrimmage as the scrimmage line was the 44-yard line and the recovery was at the 30, but the officials said the punt was dead because the block came at the 41, roughly.

Deerfield took over at the 30, was able to drive to the 17. Tiftarea was able to stall the drive, and the Knights settled for a 34-yard field goal from Lanier Freeman.

The fight we mentioned above, was still present in the Panthers. After a Knight sack on first down, Carswell found some room as he ran for 20-yards to the 39-yard line.  He completed a pass to West for 9-yards but penalties reared their head. A chop block proved costly, and set up 1st and 25 from their own 24-yard. Carswell hit Cobb for a pass. Cobb made the most of it, going 76 yards for the score. Morehead would find the uprights and the contest was knotted up again.

The ball appears to come out of John Jacobs' grasp as Logan Carswell tackles him. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

The ball appears to come out of John Jacobs’ grasp as Logan Carswell tackles him.
Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

On the ensuing kickoff, Logan Carswell delivered a solid tackle to Deerfield’s returner John Jacobs, freeing the ball. Tiftarea appeared to recover, but Jacobs was ruled down. The momentum shifted, and the Knights opted to go to the half tied at 23.

McCook and the Knights found the endzone in the second frame, and with adjustments and attrition wore the Tiftarea offense down. Carswell and the Panther offense found one more score to fall 43-29.

For the Knights, McCook’s 104 would lead all rushers. He also accounted for 5 touchdowns. Lowe would add 92 yards on seven runs, and went 6 for 12 through the air, and a TD pass. Deerfield would finish with 383 in total offense.

Tiftarea amassed 319 in total O, with Carswell doing damage through the air with 257 yards. He completed 8 of 19 including 3 TDs. The Panthers could not get the running game going against the Knights and finished with 84 yards rushing. Ahmad Mosely joined the Cams’ ( Baker and Cobb) with a touchdown catch apiece.

Tiftarea falls to 1-4, and will welcome Westwood next Friday night. It’s Homecoming at the Panther Pit. Game time is 7:30PM.

 

 

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