The Linden-Kildare Tigers hosted the Maud Cardinals on Homecoming last Friday night. With two determined teams coming out it was anyone’s game, but as the clock wound down the Tigers ended the night with another big, 39-21, win.
With the victory L-K will enter district play 5-0.
The Tigers began the night on defense. Maud’s opening drive started off strong but the Tigers would make them punt. After the punt by the Cardinals senior quarter back Marty Johnson’s pass to sophomore LaDavian Johnson was complete for a 9- yard gain.
Two plays later a run by LaDavian Johnson was good for a blowout run of 45 yards. The Tigers would turn it over on downs after an unsuccessful fourth down conversion.
Maud’s offense struggled once again and had to punt. L-K came to life with back-to-back runs by LaDavian Johnson and senior Ja’Kevian Rose. Marty Johnson would complete the drive down the field with a pass to Rose for a 22-yard L-K touchdown. The PAT was successful and the Tigers were up, 7-0, with 2:23 left in the first quarter.
The first quarter ended with Maud moving the ball.
Maud started the second quarter by turning it over on downs. L-K also went three-and-out.
After the 30-yard punt by senior Traccer Henry the Cardinals would start their drive on L-K’s 41-yard line. With a penalty on the play for holding, Maud would be pushed back to the 31.
The Tigers’ defense would once again force the Cardinals to punt.
L-K’s motivation picked up after a 14-yard run by Ladavian Johnson followed by Marty Johnson’s pass to Rose for a gain of 21 yards.
L-K’s offense finished the drive strong with a quarter back keeper from Marty Johnson for a 30-yard touchdown.
After the PAT L-K padded their lead to, 14-0, with 6:20 left to play in the second.
Maud went three-and-out again on its next drive which gave the Tigers the ball after a punt.
L-K moved the ball effectively as Marty Johnson completed a 12-yard pass to junior Marquise Jones.
After a couple of penalties against the Tigers they would end up giving the ball back to the Cardinals.
The Tigers’ defense would battle right back by creating pressure on the quarterback causing an interception by sophomore Red Tyson for a 32-yard return.
L-K clawed their way into the end zone with a 19-yard pass from junior Jacob Owen to Marty Johnson for a touchdown.
The PAT was no good but the Tigers increased their lead to, 20-0, with 1:14 left in the half.
L-K’s defense kept the Cards out of the endzone for the rest of the half.
The Tigers’ offense began the second half by grinding the ball down the field and picking up four first downs along the way.
The drive ended with a 4-yard TD run by LaDavian Johnson for another L-K touchdown. The PAT was no good; leaving the score at, 26-0, with 7:22 left in the third.
Maud fumbled on their next drive which was picked up by LaDavian Johnson and returned 30 yards for another Tiger TD. After the successful PAT the Tigers were up, 33-0.
Maud ended the third quarter on offense.
With 11:43 left to play in the contest, Maud finally got on the scoreboard. The PAT was successful making the score, 33-7.
The Tigers would come up short and have to punt on their next drive. Maud would score again making the score, L-K 33 Maud 13, with 5:03 left to play in the game.
Maud tried an onside kick which was caught by junior Ty Patterson.
In just one snap LaDavian Johnson broke out on a run for 39 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was unsuccessful leaving the score at, 39-13, with 4:55 left to play.
Maud scored one more time pushing the score to, 39-21, and the game was sealed after an interception by Jacob Owen.
The Tigers had 204 rushing yards with the offense totaling 350. L-K went 12-for-17 totaling 146 passing yards. L-K had 16 first downs and the Tigers ended the night with 12 penalties for 89 yards.
The Tigers will have a BYE week to prepare for the start of district.
L-K will host Honey Grove at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, inside the friendly confines of Jack Hetherington-Tiger Stadium.
Come out and wear your blue and white to support your Tigers.