Tigers get blanked by
Whoever made out the schedule for the Blount/Sevier County Jamboree didn’t do the young Pigeon Forge Tigers and their head coach David Ryan any favors by matching them up with the talented Alcoa Tornadoes.
The Tornadoes used a wealth of speed and a couple of big plays to shut out the Tigers 14-0.
“They’re a really good team,” Ryan said of Alcoa after the game. “They have a bunch of great athletes who can all run.”
The Tigers were mismatched at times against the Alcoa squad who looked to be the best team at the Friday night jamboree. That’s a mouth full considering the presence of usual state powerhouse Maryville.
Speedy junior tailback Dustin Lindsey provided the first Tornado highlights of the evening and helped his team reach the Pigeon Forge two-yard line with a couple of shifty runs on Alcoa’s initial possession of the game. Logan Love capped the drive with a two-yard plunge at the 6:49 mark.
Lindsey broke off a 56-yard run on the Tornadoes’ next offensive series to set up another touchdown, this time coming when Kyrus Lanxter went up high over a Tiger defensive back to pull down a five-yard fade in the back corner of the end zone.
Despite the one-sided score, the Tigers did have their moments on offense. Running Back Josh Bugh had a couple of nice jaunts on the Tiger’s first offensive series and appeared to catch a James Rauhuff pass on fourth and seven inside the Alcoa 20 but the play was negated because of an offensive interference call.
After the first Tornado touchdown, the Tiger’s took over at their own 30 with just under seven minutes left. Following a false start penalty, Bugh picked up seven off tackle and Rauhuff exploded into the Alcoa secondary for a 21-yard gain on an option keeper.
A seven-yard Bugh scamper was followed by a bad option pitch-out, and an incomplete pass on third down led to another punting situation for the Tigers.
“We have a long way to go,” Ryan added. “This is our first year of running that veer offensive, so we just have to keep working on getting better.
Pigeon Forge will open their season August 27 at Greenback.