Winnfield Tiger Football Comes Up Short In Home Opener Against Caldwell

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The Winnfield Tigers battled hard for four quarters but came up short in a loss to Caldwell 20-7. The game started out giving Winnfield good field position after a Caldwell on side kick. After a three and out, Caldwell partially blocked a Cole DeBusk punt. Caldwell started on their own twenty six with Winnfield getting a facemask penalty after a Caldwell five yard loss. On the next play it looked like Winnfield had the Caldwell runner hemmed up but Caldwell reversed field for a twenty five yard gain. On 4 th and goal at the seven yard line, Caldwell made a perfect pass and catch to put the Spartans up by seven.

The Tigers take the kickoff to the thirty five yard line, Winnfield again goes three and out to give the Spartans the ball at the thirty five yard line. After the Spartans are called for a personal foul, another cut back run gives Caldwell another first down. The Tiger defense holds the Spartans on a key 4 th down stop to give the Tigers the ball on the twenty five yard line. The Tigers punt on 4 th and two but a fumble recovery by Tiger Josh Pendarvis gives the ball back to the Tigers at the ten-yard line. However, a bad snap to Tiger QB Josh Tinnerello backed Winnfield up to the thirty. The Tigers punt backing the Spartans up again. After a big sack by Jacob Gorham, the Spartans have to punt, but Winnfield Tiger Brandon Florence blocks it, picks it up, and scores. On the punt, Tiger Brandon Florence blocks the punt and picks it up for the score. The Tigers and Spartans go into half time tied 7-7.

The Tigers kick off to the Spartans to start the second half and shut down the Spartan offense. A shank off the foot of the Caldwell punter puts the ball just in reach of Tiger Rett Blake. Blake picks up the ball and brings it back to mid-field. The Tigers look like they are finding rhythm on offense with two back-toback runs of nine yards and 10 yards. The Tigers go for it on 4 th and a yard and come up short. The first play for Caldwell results in a fumble and recovered by the Tiger Defense. The Tigers appear to score on the first play with a screen pass from Tinnerello to Lashley; however, a holding call negates the touchdown. After a beautiful punt by DeBusk to pin the Spartans up at the seven-yard line, both teams continue to trade punts to end the 3 rd quarter.


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