After 39-22 second half meltdown against Carter, Pigeon Forge looks to improve playoff seeding against Rutledge
The Pigeon Forge Tigers, the team that area high school football observers considered the biggest success story of the season’s first half, has hit the ground with a resounding thud in the past month, dropping its last four games, most recently to the Carter Hornets last Friday 39-22.
The good news for the Tigers is that Friday night’s loss did not count against their region mark. If the Tigers can stop the four-game losing skid Friday night at Rutledge, they can still make the playoffs as the third place seed if conference foe Seymour defeats Union County.
The Patriots and Tigers have matching 2-2 region marks but Union County gets the nod in a tie-breaker by virtue of a head-to-head win earlier in the season.
Evan Littlejohn of Carter and Brandon Guidry of Pigeon Forge swapped early touchdown runs. Then the Hornets’ Jacob Brackins and the Tigers’ Josh Bugh exchanged touchdown catches, making the score 14-14 late in the first half.
The Hornets then got hot and scored three unanswered touchdowns before Guidry finally scored for the Tigers on a 19-yard burst with 6:11 left in the game