PREP FOOTBALL: Eagles mauled by Tigers at home, 34-14

Ryan Guthery for The Cullman Tribune

Vinemont’s offense had trouble moving the ball during Friday night’s loss to J.B. Pennington.(Ryan Guthery for The Cullman Tribune)

VINEMONT – It was a long Friday night for the Eagles as they hosted the Tigers of J.B. Pennington. Vinemont dropped the region game 34-14. Once again, the Eagles continued to play hard till the final whistle and with only two games remaining a late touchdown might be just what Vinemont needed to boost morale and end the season strong.

The game started out well for the Eagles as they stuffed the Tigers on fourth down on their opening drive. After the punt, Vinemont fumbled the ball away and the Tigers took over at the 11-yard line. After a big sack on first down, the Eagle defense looked to hold them on fourth down once again, but this time the Tigers would not only convert but also score to go up 7-0 with 7:40 remaining in the opening quarter. Vinemont held onto the ball on its second possession but a three-and-out gave the ball right back to the Tigers. Four plays later, the Tigers struck again to go up 14-0 with 3:49 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff Cam Carter set the Eagle offense up at the 25-yard line with an excellent return. However, Vinemont was stopped on fourth down. After a holding penalty set the Tigers back, the Eagle defense forced a punt. Three plays later, the Tigers intercepted the ball giving the ball back to their offense. Three plays after that, the Eagles’ Teague Whatley gave the ball back to the offense by way of an interception. After a punt gave the ball back to the Tigers, the Eagle defense stepped up and denied the Tigers on fourth down. Vinemont capitalized on the defensive stop, ending the possession on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Jack Hill to Whatley to narrow the score to 14-6 with 3:48 remaining until halftime. J.B. Pennington answered back with an 80-yard drive that extended the score to 20-6 with 1:33 to go.

On the first possession of the second half Vinemont was forced to punt and the Tigers went on a time-consuming, 10-play drive to add to their lead, 28-6, with 5:30 left in the third. J.B. Pennington added to its lead with 34 seconds left in the third quarter to make the score 34-6.

Vinemont came up empty after a long drive ended on fourth down, but the Eagle defense forced a three-and-out to give the ball back to the offense. Three plays later, Dustin Moore broke a tackle and outran the entire Tiger defense on his way to a 60-yard touchdown adding to the score which stood at 34-14 with 5:06 remaining in the game. Once J.B. Pennington got the ball after the kickoff, a heavy dose of the run game chewed clock until the scoreboard read triple zeros and the Tigers capped off a 34-14 region win on the road.

Vinemont dropped to 2-6 on the year with a short trip to Holly Pond (5-3) coming up next week.

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