Injuries and costly mistakes give Tigers their first loss of the season

MARK TEMPLE Special to the Post South
An unidentified East Iberville Tiger defender pulls down a ball carrier in the team's season opening jamboree.

The Friendship Capitol High Lions (3-0) capitalized on several miscues by the Tigers to earn their third victory of the season and hand the Tigers (2-1) their first loss in a early season battle of undefeated teams at Memorial Stadium.

Coach Ron LeJeune said that he was proud of the guys’ effort. “They continued to fight and never gave in. However the mistakes we made as a team proved to be costly.” 

The Tigers opened up the game with instant momentum boost when Junior Williams took the opening kickoff 85 yards back for a touchdown giving the Tigers an early 7-0 lead and instantly quieting the Lion faithful. However they wouldn’t be quiet for long.

The Lions marched down the field and answered the Tigers with a score of their own putting the score at 8-7 

The Lions fumbled deep in their own territory setting up a TD run by QB Mike Triplett. 

Then that’s when injuries, and the Lions’ defense and special team chipped in to steal the momentum from the Tigers. 

The Tigers offense took a major hit when Junior Williams went out with an apparent rib injury in the second quarter of the game and never returned. 

Friendship Capitol’s defense and special teams accounted for three turnovers and two scores off of kickoff returns. The Lions went on to outscore the Tigers 28-6. 

Lejeune said, “We have to do better in the third phase of the game (special teams).We have to carry out our assignments and protect the football. We weren’t successful in checking off those boxes in the game plan. However we will regroup and prepare for Tara High.” 

The Tigers (2-1) will host the Tara Trojans (1-2) next Friday at Tiger Stadium.