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Tigers whip Tellico Plains, 35-7

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By Goose Lindsay

The Rockwood Tigers enjoyed Senior Night Friday as John Webb’s squad cruised to a 35-8 victory over Tellico Plains.

“I thought we played well tonight,” Rockwood head coach John Webb said after the game. “We knew they were a scrappy bunch that wouldn’t quit, but we were able to score early and build on that.”

Rockwood started strong Friday as the Tigers opened the evening with a seven-play, 62-yard scoring drive.

Senior QB Jared Breazeale opened the drive with a 16-yard pass to Kyron Inman, and he ended the drive with an 18-yard scoring toss to Hayden Freels.

Breazeale also added the extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 8:55 left in the first quarter.

Rockwood, however, would not see the ball the rest of the first quarter as the Bears went on a 19-play drive that got as close as the Tiger one yard line. But the Bears would not score as Freels came up with a sack and that was followed by a pair of incomplete passes that ended the drive on downs.

One of the longest plays in Rockwood history came next as Tyler Skidmore broke free for a 92-yard touchdown, but the long run went for nought as a holding penalty at the line of scrimmage brought the ball back to the three.

The penalty didn’t stop the drive, however, as Rockwood used a 54-yard run from Inman to highlight a seven-play, 95-yard drive that ended in a 10-yard run from Drake Long to make the score 14-0 with 6:54 left in the first half.

After a three-and-out, Rockwood made it 21-0 following another long scoring drive. This drive lasted 10 plays and covered 78 yards with Breazeale scoring from 32 yards out.

Rockwood made it 28-0 on their second drive of the second half. This drive lasted six plays and covered 49 yards with the score coming on a seven-yard pass from Breazeale to Freels with 6:03 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers scored again in the third quarter, and this would be Rockwood’s quickest drive of the night, lasting two plays and covering 64 yards.

Skidmore opened the drive with a 39-yard run then Breazeale ended the drive with a 25-yard scamper to make the score 35-0 with 4:34 left in the third quarter.

Breazeale ended the evening with 166 yards of total offense. He completed eight of 13 passes for 107 yards with two TDs and one interception, while adding 59 yards and two TDs rushing on only three carries.

“Jared did a good job tonight,” Webb said. “We’ve been waiting on this type of night from him and this should give him a lot of confidence from here on out.”

After their long 19-play opening drive, Tellico Plains managed just one first down and ran just 17 total plays on their next five drives.

The Bears did have a couple of solid drives to end the game after Rockwood had made a lot of substitutions.

Tellico Plains avoided the shutout with a seven-yard touchdown run with 2:12 left to play.

Rockwood ended the evening with 356 yards of total offense on 40 plays. Besides Breazeale’s 107 yards through the air, Rockwood rushed the ball 27 times for 249 yards.

Inman led the way with 78 yards on five carries while Skidmore (5-60) and Breazeale (3-59, 2 TDs) were close behind.

Tellico Plains (1-7) ended the evening with 213 yards total offense on 54 plays.

With the victory, Rockwood improved to 5-4 on the season. The Tigers will be off this week before closing the regular season at Midway on Thursday, Oct 25.

“Midway’s a team that’s been getting better all season and it looks like they’ll be going to the playoffs,” Webb said. “Having an extra week will help us get ready for them and it will help us get focused on the rest of the season.”

Rockwood Statistics

Rushing- Skidmore 5-60, Inman 5-78, Long 3-17 with 1 TD, Cisson 5-32, Breazeale 3-59 with 2 TDs, Kilby 3-3, Southard 2-2, Wright 1-5.

Passing- Breazeale 8-13 for 107 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.

 Receiving- Inman 3-36, Long 1-21, Freels 4-50 with 2 TDs.