• Hammer Time

Tigers claim hammer after beating Queen City, 41-17, in the Cass County Clash

The Linden-Kildare Tigers hosted the Queen City Bulldogs last Friday night in The Cass County Clash. 
L-K entered the game with a 2-1 series lead, and both teams came in with 2-0 records. Both teams knew it would be a fight to the end. As the lights faded on Tiger Land the Tigers would go home with their second consecutive win over the Bulldogs with a final score of, 41- 17.

First Quarter
The Tigers started on defense after winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half. Queen City’s opening drive ended abruptly with three run plays with the Tigers only giving up six yards from their defense.
Queen City’s punt totaled 41 yards and the Tigers’ senior Ja’Kevian Rose returned it for a couple of yards. Linden-Kildare’s opening drive also ended quickly as the Tigers had a penalty loss of yards plus a quarterback sack. 
On third down sophomore running back LaDavian Johnson carried the ball for 15 yards, but it wasn’t enough for the first down so the Tigers had to punt. The Bulldogs returned the punt for 28 yards which set them up for a touchdown the next play. The PAT was successful and the Bulldogs lead 7 to 0 with 8:46 left in the first quarter. 
The Tigers opened their next drive with a run by sophomore LaDavian Johnson for 29 yards. Three plays later senior Marty Johnson connected with junior Marquise Jones for a 17-yard pass and another L-K first down. 
After a couple of incomplete passes the Tigers would unfortunately turn the ball over to the Bulldogs, but Queen City could not capitalize from it and punted the ball away a few plays later. 
The Tigers went three-and-out on their next drive. The punt by senior Traccer Henry was blocked and returned for a 12-yard gain with 32 seconds left in the first. The Tigers’ defense held the Bulldogs to a field goal as QC went up, 10-0.
L-K’s sophomore LaDavian Johnson would ground pound the ball for 68 yards to end the first quarter leaving Linden-Kildare in scoring position.

Second Quarter
The Tigers wasted no time in the second quarter and drove the ball up the middle for a touchdown by running back LaDavian Johnson. 
The Tigers extra point attempt was no good and the score was, 10-6 with 11:53 to play in the first half. 
The Tigers’ defense came to life after that and stopped the Bulldogs to a three-and-out. The Tiger fans also came to life when Rose took it to the end zone for an 82-yard punt return to put the Tigers ahead of the Bulldogs 12-10 with 8:08 left in the second quarter. 
Marty Johnson’s pass to junior full back Caleb Cunningham was caught but brought short of the goal line. The two-point conversion was no good following the score from the Tigers. 
L-K booted the ball 35 yards down the field to Queen City only to create a fumble by L-K, which kicker Caleb Cunningham came up with. 
On first-and-ten for the Tigers, L-K’s QB jumped on the opportunity with a pass to junior Jacob Owen for a 21-yard touchdown pass. 
The two-point conversion was successful and the Tigers added their lead as the scoreboard showed, 20-10, with 4:11 on the clock. 
The Tigers’ defense kept their momentum going. Junior Ty Patterson caused a fumble for Queen City even though it was recovered by the Bulldogs but QC would end up punting the ball back to the Tigers. 
The Tiger offense came out on the next drive and threw for 20 yards to Rose for another L-K first down. 
Quarterback Marty Johnson would hand the ball off two more times to LaDavian Johnson for a total of 54 yards to seal another Tiger touchdown. The Tigers PAT was no good but the Tigers were up, 27-10, with 1:53 left to play in the half.
Queen City went three-and-out on their next drive and the Tigers would get the ball back with just over a minute to play. 
L-K threw an interception but on the very next play the Bulldogs threw one also. 
The Tigers moved down the field to the red zone where Rose threw another interception for the Tigers while in the wildcat formation. 
QC couldn’t get to the end zone before time ran out and L-K had a solid, 27-10, lead at the break.

Third Quarter
On the kick-off L-K’s LaDavian Johnson returned the ball for 35 yards, but the drive ended with a fumble recovered by QC.
Queen City’s opening drive ended with an interception by LaDavian Johnson for the Tigers. L-K went three-and-out on the next possession and Henry punted the ball 30 yards to QC.
The Bulldogs maintained possession and was able to score on the drive. The Bulldogs’ PAT was good and with 6:25 left to go in the third quarter, QC had cut into L-K’s lead at, 27-17. 
On L-K’s next drive the Tigers’ offense drove the ball down the field and quickly scored again with running back LaDavian Johnson crossing the goal line on a 4-yard carry.
The Tiger extra point was good bringing the score to L-K 34 and Q.C. 17 with 5:00 minutes left in the third. Both teams battled back-and-forth down the field but neither could score.

Fourth Quarter
In the fourth frame, LaDavian Johnson had another big run for 32 yards, and L-K’s offense pushed on down the field to set up a 4-yard TD run by Rose.
This would be the final score of the contest. L-K’s PAT was successful and the Tigers increased their lead to, 41-17, with 8:56 left to play. 
The Tigers defense would dominate the rest of the game and wouldn’t let Bulldogs near the red zone. 
With the 24-point victory the Tigers get to proudly display the hammer for another year.
The Tigers had 401 rushing yards with the offense totaling 460. The Tigers went 3- for-16 totaling 59 passing yards. L-K had 22 first downs and the Tigers ended the night with eight penalties for 50 yards.
L-K will travel to DeKalb to take on the Bears with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Bear Stadium.
Going in at 3-0 for the season the Tigers have set high expectations for the game. 

Linden-Kildare’s junior varsity traveled to Queen City this past Thursday night to play the Bulldogs. After a rough start the Tigers finished strong but could not overcome the early deficit. 
The Tigers got on the board when Kaden Graves broke loose from the Bulldogs for a touchdown. On the 2-point conversion Mason Johnson connected with Trenton Griffin. 
Nick Clark recovered an onside kick for the Tigers to begin the second half but the Tigers could not catch back up. 
The Tigers JV look to get better as they host the DeKalb Bears next week at Jack Hetherington-Tiger Stadium.

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