Pictured are the 3rd and 4th grade Tigers
The Mansfield Little League Tigers traveled to Magazine on Saturday, September 21 to take on the up and coming Rattlers. With both teams from each programs overall records adding up to 7-1 before their matchup, everyone knew that this was a must-see football game.
The Mansfield 3rd and 4th grade looked to maintain their dominance as they took to the field first against Magazine. The Tigers offensive machine put up 38 points on the scoreboard leaving everyone with no doubt that they are one of the best in the league. Colton Nelson, Colton Moore, and Trevin Hattabaugh were each able to find their way into the end zone against Magazine in the first half of the game. Colton Nelson made the games highlight reel when he took a handoff that seemed to be tacked for a loss. But somehow Nelson broke from multiple tackles and was able to take the ball the distance for a touchdown.
The Mansfield defense put Magazine in between a rock & a hard place all night shutting down almost every play the Rattlers had as the Tigers took an early 30-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Tigers were able to continue to shut down the Rattlers defensively until late in the 4th quarter as Magazine scored their only points of the game leaving the final score Mansfield 38 Magazine 8.
The Tigers 5th and 6th grade stepped into the lights with Magazine in a battle of the last two undefeated 5th and 6th grade teams in the WCFL. The game was an extremely hard-hitting game between the two competitors. The Tigers were able to make a few big plays offensively but weren’t able to shuck the quick Rattlers defense for most of the night. Injuries plagued Mansfield as the game went on, but the Tigers never gave up or slowed their pace. Cooper Edwards scored the Tigers only points of the game as he bobbed and weaved through the Rattlers on a quarterback sneak. In the end, the Tigers were bitten one too many times and fell to Magazine 28-6.
Both Mansfield teams will look to move forward as they will celebrate Homecoming on Saturday, September 28th against the West Fork Tigers.