Tigers can't catch up to Rabbits
By RANDY SHORTNACY | News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 14, 2006 - MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon Tigers were hoping to start district play off Friday night against Atlanta on the right foot, but the Purple Tigers just never could find that right foot as they dropped their 16-3A opener to the Rabbits, 35-3.

The opening quarter might have fooled a bunch of folks as the teamsplayed to a 0-0 deadlock after one. Both defenses made a couple of good stands, and the Tiger defense got its first test early after Atlanta drove into Tiger territory and faced a fourth-and-3 at the Mount Vernon 16-yard line.Colton Phillips and Brantley Price made a stand and forced the ball over on downs, keeping the Rabbits out of the end zone.

Atlanta's offense would shift into gear in the second quarter as Roosevelt Falls scored from 1-yard out, capping off a 10-play drive that covered 46 yards for the Rabbits. The point-after by Tyler Stuart was good, and with 8:35 left in the first half Atlanta had a 7-0 lead.

Then with 2:20 left, Mount Vernon answered the Rabbits score. This time it was the Atlanta defense stepping up and only allowing three points to the Tigers after LandryMcGonagill was good on a 19-yards field goal, and Mount Vernon cut the lead to 7-3.

The Rabbits would not go down, as they came right back on the very first play from scrimmage on the next possession and quarterback Donta McNeely found Courtney Houff for an 85-yard touchdown pass, Stuart's point-after was no good and Atlanta had built a 10-point lead.

Atlanta was not finished scoring in the first half as the Rabbits mounted a four-play drive that covered 37 yards. With 26 seconds left in the half, Brandon Stiger ran into the end zone from 2-yards out. Falls was successful on the two-point conversion, and at the half the Rabbits were up, 21-3.

The second half belonged to the Rabbits as they totally shut down any type of spark that the Tiger offense could get.With 15 seconds left in the third, Atlanta struck again with Stiger picking up his second touchdown, this time from 13 yards out to cap a five-play drive covering 51 yards. The point-after from Stuart was good and the Rabbits were in the driver's seat.

Stiger struck again in the fourth as he ran a Zach Jaggers punt back 79 yards. Stuart's kick was again good and brought the score to 35-3.

Mount Vernon (2-5, 0-1) travels to Pittsburg Friday night to tangle with Carlos Brown and the Pirates.

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