In an almost complete blowout of a football game, the Mansfield Sr High Tigers quickly let it be known to the West Fork Tigers that there could only be one “Big Cat” in the 3A-1 conference. After Friday nights huge 52-6 homecoming victory against West Fork, Mansfield now sits undefeated 4-0 in overall season play.
Wasting no time getting to work, Randy Claude got fans on their feet with his blocking skills on a West Fork punt. Quarterback, Ethan Stovall, threw a powerful pass to Tyler Holmes who ran it in for the first Tigers touchdown putting the score to 6-0 Mansfield. As West Fork was finally trying to get their play-action going, Clay James was quick to shut it down with an interception for a 36-yard return.
With only seven minutes into the first quarter, Will Meadows added another touchdown to the board upgrading the score to 12-0 Mansfield. The big play of the night came when the Tigers were deep in West Fork territory. Ethan Stovall took the snap from the one-yard line and launched a pass to Holmes for a 99-yard Tiger touchdown. Along with Claudes added two-point conversion, it was Mansfields game at 20-0. Just as West Fork was thinking they could get some points on the board, Blayne Bryant was fast to crush their dreams as he caused a West Fork fumble allowing Jaicy Griffin to then lay out a 22-yard run.
Before the half, Mansfield would go on to put four more touchdowns in the books. Helping to make that happen was Layton Howard with a 12-yard run for a TD, Stovall with a 33-yard run for a TD, and Isaac Cothran and Luke Ridenhour securing one TD each sending Mansfield into halftime leading 46-0. In the second half of the game, the Tigers would add one more touchdown to the score with a Zayne Dugan pass to Austin Carlton for a 53-yard run to victory. Also tacking on to the Tigers success was Caleb Corson with 49 rushing yards.
The Mansfield Tigers defense were the real MVPs of the game with their over the top blocks and their no holds barred flying techniques that even a wrestler would be proud of. Helping deliver Tiger tackles like it was Christmas Eve was Zach Lowe, Bri Sanderson, Jacob Brown, Dustin Holland, and Cameron “Makin’ em’ Hurt” Macon.
The party’s only getting started for the undefeated Mansfield Tigers as they will travel to Greenland and attempt to create rough seas for the 2-2 Pirates on Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m.