Tigers top Bears, 58-41, run record to 4-0
The Linden-Kildare Tigers traveled to DeKalb last Friday night to take on the Bears. With both teams going 3–0, the game would definitely be a tough one, but as the final whistle blew the Tigers would take home the win, 58 - 41.
DeKalb won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.
On kick off the Bears would end up with the ball after an onside kick to the Tigers. The Bears first drive ended abruptly as L-K’s defense created a loss of yardage. DeKalb would have to punt.
L-K’s offense came out strong with a pass to senior Ja’Kevian Rose who ran 80 yards for L-K’s first touchdown. The two point conversion pass from senior Marty Johnson to junior Ty Patterson was good. The Tigers went up early on the Bears, 8-0, with 9:13 left to play in the first quarter.
After kick off the Bears would keep the ball on the ground getting into the end zone for a touchdown. The PAT run was good making it, 8-8, with 6:50 left in the first. L-Ks next drive ended with a 40-yard punt by senior Traccer Henry.
The Bears would open their next drive on the 8-yard line. After a couple of downs by the Bears, Patterson would create a fumble and recovered it for a 6-yard gain. On first-and-10 Marty Johnson connected with Rose for a 31-yard touchdown. The PAT was good leaving the score L-K 14 - DeKalb 8 with 2:40 left to play in the first. DeKalb would keep the ball to end the first quarter.
DeKalb would finish their drive in the endzone and tie the game, 14-14, with 10:54 to play in the first half. The Bears tried for another on sidekick which was caught by the Tigers. The Tigers next drive would open up for a run by sophomore LaDavian Johnson for a 5-yard gain.
On second down quarterback Marty Johnson would complete a pass to Rose for a gain of 17 yards creating another first down for the Tigers. After a penalty by the Bears for unsportsmanlike conduct, L-K would set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Rose. The two point conversion was successful after the pass from sophomore Deuce Schuler to Patterson was complete.
The score was boosted to L-K 22 DeKalb 14 with 9:42 left to play in the first half.
DeKalb would quickly drive the ball back down the field and scored tying the game once again, 22–22, with 8:18 left in the first.
DeKalb’s onside kick was recovered by the Bears after a fumble by the Tigers. DeKalb took advantage of that opportunity, and eventually scored with 4:02 left to play in the half. The missed PAT left the score at DeKalb 28 - L-K 22.
The Tigers’ offense, unbothered by the Bears, would come right back with a couple of pass plays to Rose and a quarterback keeper to set up a 16-yard run by LaDavian Johnson for a touchdown. The PAT was good and with a little over a minute left in the half L-K was up, 29-28.
L-K kept DeKalb out of the endzone the rest of the first half, and the score remained a 1-point advantage for the Tigers.
L-K began the second half on defense against the Bears holding them to only two first downs before making them punt. L-Ks first drive of the second half started and ended with a run by LaDavian Johnson for an 80-yard touchdown. The Tigers PAT was no good but L-K added to their lead, 35 to 28, with 7:04 left in the third.
After the Tigers’ kick off the Bears longest run of the night came in at only 33 yards for a touchdown tying the game 35 to 35 with 4:21 left in the third. The Tigers retaliated after that ground pounding the ball towards the red zone. Junior quarterback Jacob Owen kept the ball on a QB keeper and scored to put L-K in the lead again.
The two point conversion was successful after a pass from Rose to Owen making it, 43-35, L-K. The Bears started their drive to end the third quarter.
The Bears had control of the ball to open the fourth quarter and drove the ball down the field to add to their score. The PAT was no good but DeKalb was within two as the score became DeKalb 41 - L-K 43 with 11:18 to play.
The Tigers used clock management and kept the ball on the ground. With just over six minutes to play in the contest, L-K would score again with a 2-yard run by LaDavian Johnson to add to the Tigers lead over the Bears. The PAT was good and L-K was up, 50-41.
The Tigers’ defense stepped up on the next drive for the Bears and created a fumble. The Tigers’ offense came back out on the field and sealed the game with a 46-yard run by LaDavian Johnson to score L-K’s final touchdown of the night. Marty Johnson would keep the ball and run it in for a two point conversion for the Tigers.
L-K padded their lead to, 58-41, with only 5:06 left to play in the game. The Tigers’ defense dominated the Bears the rest of the night which ended the game with L-K on top 58 to 41.
The Tigers had 237 rushing yards with the offense totaling 399. The Tigers went 6-for-12 totaling 162 passing yards. L-K had 21 first downs and ended the night with seven penalties for 55 yards. L-K is 4-0 for the season.
The Tigers will play at home this Friday against Maud. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Jack Hetherington-Tiger Stadium. It is L-K’s Homecoming so show some Tiger spirt and come out and support your L-K Tigers.
Thursday night Linden-Kildare’s JV played the DeKalb Bears at home. Unfortunately they were unable to come away with a victory as they fell, 28-0.
On offense Mason Johnson was able to connect with Chase Bynum a couple of different times in the passing game and Johnson also had some yards rushing. The Tigers were able to cause a couple of turnovers on the night.
Tawin Patterson caused a fumble that was recovered by Karson Bynum, and then later in the game Bynum recovered another fumble when DeKalb fumbled the quarter back running back exchange.