By Scott Womack
TRINITY — The Tigers 29-28 loss to the Crockett Bulldogs on Friday night put an end to a winless season.
The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and took less than 2 minutes to find the end zone and take a 7-0 lead, but the Tigers took 4 minutes to score, and with the 2-point conversion, took an 8-7 lead.
However, the Bulldogs scored two TDs and a field to give them a 23-8 lead with under 7 minutes left in the first half. The Tigers were able to narrow the gap to 23-14 with a touchdown, but another field goal by the Bulldogs put the score at 26-14.
With less than a minute left in the first half, the Tigers started on their own 25-yard line, and with 4 seconds left, the Crockett sidelines gave the Tigers a gift in the form of a timeout. Capitalizing on the extra play, a 65-yard screen pass from Cole Caldwell to Juju Clayborne tightened the score 22-26.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half and were able to use 8 minutes to find the end zone and regain the lead 28-26. With just under 7 minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs were able to kick the game winning field goal and win by a score of 29-28.
A very emotional and disappointed Tiger team met at midfield after the game, where Head Coach Patrick Goodman expressed how pleased he was with their performance and effort during the game.
Head Coach Cody Moree said that even though the Eagles ended the season at 2-5, the players kept their spirits up and their attitudes positive.
The Eagles lost their final game of the season against Chester 47-0 on Friday.
“The scoreboard was not kind to us as we concluded the season,” Moree said. “We also had three injuries that severely limited what we could do. However, it has been a long time since I had the privilege of coaching a group of young men who simply would not quit regardless of how badly the deck was stacked against them.”
Moree said that the players truly were baptized by fire this year and grew exponentially.
“We had no seniors, so all should be back in uniform next year with valuable experience under their belts,” he said. “We will have to wait until February to see how realignment goes but we are excited about the next several years of Apple Springs Football.”