Fred T. Foard made some big defensive plays that helped the Tigers defeat West Lincoln 28-20.
Things looked good early for the Rebels as they wasted no time scoring.
Junior quarterback Taylor Woodie hooked up with Gene Arp on a 47-yard pass.
Four plays later the Rebels scored on a two-yard run by Paul Chambers. The extra point attempt was no good but a penalty gave West Lincoln another chance.
Woodie was able to score on the two-point conversion making the score 8-0.
The Rebel defense was solid in the first quarter. Foard was unable to move the football and were forced to punt on their two possessions.
Fred T. Foard defensive lineman Josh Speagle intercepted a Rebel pass and ran 20 yards for a Tiger touchdown to start the second quarter.
The PAT was good, making the score 8-7. Things didn`t get any better for the Rebels on their next possession.
Unable to move the football the Rebels were forced to punt. Cassidy Brauns then blocked the Rebel punt, giving the Tigers good field position.
Four plays later Rod Griffith ran 22 yards for a Tiger touchdown. The PAT was good making the score 14-8.
West Lincoln put together a 10-play drive just before halftime but did not score.
Foard got the football first in the third quarter but could not get a first down, forcing a punt.
Junior Ben Poole then took the Tiger punt and raced 65 yards for a Rebel touchdown. Pooleâ€™s return was aided by several key blocks. The two point attempt was no good making the score 14-14.
Late in the quarter Foard`s offense started a drive that would put the Tigers ahead for good. The Tigers put together a 15-play drive which saw quarterback Derik Walters score on a 3-yard run. The PAT was good.
Trailing by a touchdown with eight minutes to play in the game West Lincoln went on a 14-play drive.
With 1:17 left in the game Chambers scored his second touchdown of the night on a four-yard run.
With the score at 21-20 West Lincoln went for two on the conversion attempt but were stopped inside the one-yard line.
Now trailing by one the Rebels needed to recover the on-side kick, but the football went out of bounds.
Foard then scored three plays later when Adrin Wells ran 44 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good giving the Tigers a 28-20 lead.
Chambers had 67 yard rushing on 15 carries for the Rebels, while Arp had 5 catches for 110 yards.
After a week filled with devastating news about Hurricane Katrina and watching fuel prices rise daily it was nice to watch a high school football game.
The West Lincoln Rebels and Fred T. Foard Tigers played a hard fought game which helped people forget about our nations problems if only for a little while.
West Lincoln (0-3) will travel to West Iredell (3-0) next Friday.
by Rick Mitchem and Jonathan Scronce