Tigers squeak by Bears, 41-40
Linden-Kildare hosted the Timpson Bears last Friday night and needed a big win to stay in playoff contention.
The Tigers scored a touchdown late and completed the 2-point play and picked up that big win with a 41-40 decision over the Bears.
The teams went back-and-forth to begin the first quarter until just under the six minute mark.
The Bears held off an onslaught of good defensive plays by the Tigers, and converted a fourth down attempt on one of its drives.
Ty Patterson sacked the Timpson QB on the next play and the Bears lost two more yards the play after.
Facing a third-and-long situation the Bears quarterback connected with his receiver for a 27-yard strike.
The PAT was successful and the Bears were up 7-0 with 2:41 left in the quarter.
L-K began its next drive at the 37 but lost the ball on a turnover; which gave the Bears great field position.
Great defensive plays again by the Tiger defense plus a holding penalty against Timpson put the Bears in another third-and-long situation.
On the next play Jacob Owen intercepted a pass which was tipped by Draydon Delese.
The opening quarter ended with a huge 69 yard run by Tiger running back Ladavion Johnson.
Johnson took the ball from the 25 down to the Bears’ 6-yard line which is where the Tigers set up shop to begin the second quarter.
Johnson took the ball down to the 2-yard line and Owen gained a yard on his run down to the 1-yard line before Owen finished off the drive with a 1-yard TD.
Deuce Schuler converted the PAT and the game was tied 7-7 with 10:52 left in the first half.
Timpson scored again at the 7:57 mark but missed the PAT. With the score the Bears were back on top 13-7.
Both teams traded possessions the rest of the way until Owen connected with Patterson on an 86-yard TD pass.
Schuler nailed the PAT and L-K regained the lead 14-13 with 41 seconds left on the clock.
The first half ended without either team scoring again.
The second half proved to be an exciting venture for all in attendance especially this quarter.
Timpson received the ball to begin the new half and on the first play from scrimmage the tailback bolted 62 yards for a touchdown.
The 2-point conversion was good and Timpson had a 21-14 lead with 11:40 left in the third frame.
L-K’s next drive started out well as Marquise Jones gained 10 yards on a carry followed by a 7-yard pickup by Owen.
Two plays later Owen hit Red Tyson for a 22-yard touchdown at the 9:41 mark.
Schuler’s kick was good and the game was tied at 21-all.
A minute and a half later Timpson scored again. After the kick the Bears were back on top with the score sitting at 28-21.
The Tigers took control of the ball from the 48 after the kickoff, and after a few plays and a penalty L-K faced fourth-and-9.
Patterson picked up the necessary yardage and a few plays later Owen capped off the drive with a 1-yard TD run.
The PAT was no good and the score stood at 28-27 with 3:52 left in the third stanza.
Timpson scored one more time before the quarter ended but missed the PAT.
The score was 34-27 at the 2:20 mark.
L-K was in control of the ball as the quarter ended.
A few plays into the final quarter Owen found Jones for a 7-yard TD.
The PAT was no good and L-K was down 34-33 with 9:27 left in the contest.
Timpson scored on its next drive but missed the 2-point conversion attempt which put the score at 40-33 with 4:41 on the clock.
L-K scored again at the 3:01 mark after Johnson slipped into the endzone from six yards out.
The 2-point play was good as Owen hit Tyson. That 2-point play was the deciding factor which gave the Tigers a 41-40 lead.
The game ended with the score of 41-40 and L-K’s record bumped up to 2-2 in district play.
Owen was 13-of-20 passing with 209 yards and three TDs and Johnson had 182 yards with a touchdown.
Patterson had 104 yards receiving with a TD, Jones posted 63 yards receiving with a score and Tyson had 34 yards receiving with a TD.
L-K gained 401 yards of total offense.
On the defensive side of the ball Patterson had 13 tackles, Johnson added 11 and the Tigers received nine tackles each from Owen, Delese, Gunner Minor and Vincent Peters.
The Tigers travel to Beckville this Friday, Nov. 2, with the game set for 7:30 p.m.