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Despite leading 10-7 at halftime, the Rockwood Tigers couldn’t overcome a powerful Greenback Cherokees ground game and fell to the ‘Kees, 17-10, Friday night at Cooper Field in Greenback.
“We didn’t play well at times tonight and it really showed,” Rockwood head coach John Webb said. “We got beat by a much more physical team tonight.”
Friday's contest started with an exchange of punts before the ‘Kees marched 75 yards in seven plays, scoring when QB Hogan Goodson found Eric Anderson for a 35-yard touchdown reception.
Rockwood got to the Greenback 48 yard line before the opening quarter came to a close then on the first play of the second quarter, QB Lucas Jolley found Brendan Kirkland for a 48-yard touchdown strike to cap off a six-play, 75-yard drive.
Jared Breazeale’s PAT was good, tying the score at 7-7 with 11:50 left in the half.
Rockwood took the lead on their next possession.
After another Cherokee three-and-out, Rockwood got the ball again and threatened to score, but an incomplete pass on fourth down deep in Cherokee territory thwarted the scoring opportunity and left the Tigers clinging to the three-point halftime lead.
Rockwood got into Cherokee territory again to start the second half, but the Tigers were forced to punt.
Miller’s PAT was good, making the score 14-10 with 6:54 to go in the third quarter.
The rest of the quarter would see both offenses struggling for yards, but the Tigers were winning the field position battle as Greenback's first possession of the fourth quarter started on their own 6 yard line.
Rockwood gave it one last gasp, but could not convert on fourth down and Greenback would then run out the clock for the 17-10 win.
Greenback was led in passing by Goodson (2-5, 70 yards., 1 TD), and on the ground by Richard Seymour (19-196- 1 TD). Justin Kuhn (13 tackles, 1 TFL) and Daniel McCloud (9 tackles) led the
Rockwood was led by the arm of Lucas Jolley (9-16, 111 yards, 1 TD) and the rushing of Ethan Headrick (6-48). Brendan Kirkland (3-75- 1 TD) led the Tigers in receiving while Cameron Webster (6 tackles) led the defense.
“I don’t think I would have done anything different in the second half, but we just needed to make more plays,” Webb said. “We also have a lot of things to work on and hope we get them figured out in time for next week.”
Next up for the Tigers (1-1) is a showdown at Kingston (2-0).
“Kingston’s always got a good team and this year is no exception,” Webb said.