The Aberdeen Tigers beat a previously undefeated 3-0 Snake River Panther football team on Friday, Sept. 27, and improved their own record to 4-1. The final score was 28-21 in overtime.
To start the game, Aberdeen lost the toss and kicked the ball off to Snake River. The Panthers drove the ball to the Tiger 25 yard line, but fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Aberdeen’s Abe Torres.
The Tigers were then forced to a three and out and had to punt the ball back to the Panthers. The Panthers drove the ball 49 yards for a touchdown to put them up 7-0 with 1:37 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers’ second drive stalled out and Aberdeen was forced to punt the ball again to the Panthers. The Panthers scored on a 43 yard touchdown pass to put them up 14-0, with 9:00 to go in the second quarter, after they made their extra point.
Ethan Elliott fielded the kickoff on the Tiger 15 yard line and returned it 27 yards to the Tiger 42 to start the Tigers’ third drive of the game. The Tigers were again forced to another three and out and punted the ball back to the Panthers. Hilario Carrillo boomed a 50 yard punt that pinned the Panthers on their own four yard line. The Tigers were then able to hold the Panthers and force them to punt from their own 18 yard line.
Aberdeen got the ball on the Panther 46 yard line to start their fourth drive. The Tigers ended up fumbling the snap on the second play of the drive and the Panthers recovered.
“We were really struggling getting anything going offensively in the first half,” said coach Jeff Duffin.
The Tiger defense stepped up and held the Panthers on four downs and got the ball back on the Panther 43.
On the very next play the Panthers intercepted a pass attempt from Clancy Beck to Tony Lemos and returned it to the Tigers 42 yard line. The Tiger defense stepped up again and held the Panthers to a three and out.
Andrew Hamilton fielded the Snake River punt on the 15 yard line and returned it 10 yards to the 25. With less than two minutes on the clock the Tigers had a chance to try out their two minute offense. The Tigers drove the ball 75 yards and scored on a toss left to Hilario Carrillo with no time remaining in the half. Abe Torres added the extra point to make the score 14-7 at halftime.
“The drive before halftime was huge. I was very proud of the boys for keeping their composure and continuing to play hard when things weren’t going our way in the first half. As bad as we played in the first half we were only down by seven points,” Duffin said.
Hilario Carrillo fielded the opening kickoff of the second half on the 15 yard line and returned it 27 yards to the Tiger 42 yard line. Aberdeen would end up turning the ball over on downs on the Panther 40 yard line.
The Tiger defense stepped up and held the Panthers to a quick three and out. Ethan Elliott fielded the Panther punt on the Tigers 20 yard line and returned it to the 31. The Tiger offense was again forced to another three and out.
The Panthers drove the ball down on the following drive and scored a touchdown putting them up 21-7 after making the extra point with 1:45 left in the third quarter.
Aberdeen started their next drive on their own 20 yard line. They drove the ball 80 yards and Hilario Carrillo scored on a one yard run. Freshman kicker Joseph Lemos came on to add the extra point making the score 21-14 with 8.02 left in the fourth quarter.
The Tiger defense held tough on the following drive holding the Panthers to another quick three and out, forcing them to punt the ball back to the Tigers.
Aberdeen started their final scoring drive on the Tiger 35 yard line. Eight plays later Clancy Beck threw a 20 yard pass to Oscar Klassen to make the score 20-21. Joseph Lemos made the extra point to tie up the game at 21-21 with 2:22 left in the game.
The Tigers defense stepped up and stopped Snake River’s final drive of the game and forced the game into overtime.
Aberdeen lost the overtime toss and had the ball first. Jesus Villareal scored on a third down play on a dive play on the right side of the line from one yard out. Joseph Lemos nailed the extra point to put the Tigers up 28-21.
Snake River had a chance to even up the score, but the Tiger defense held strong one last time and the Tigers pulled off the win.
Jake Deolles and Abe Torres led the Tigers with 12 tackles each.
“Our defense really came up big. They made all the stops when they needed to. In the second half we were able to get the offense going and got the game tied up. I am very pleased with how the boys never gave up and came up big in the fourth quarter. Historically Snake River is known for winning the fourth and the boys outplayed them when it counted. This was just the momentum we needed to carry us into our tough conference play,” Duffin said.
Score by quarters
Aberdeen 0 7 0 14 7 28
Snake River 7 7 7 0 0 21
Snake River – 5 yd pass to David Serna (Oliver Rasmussen Kick)
Snake River – 43 yd Pass to David Serna (Oliver Rasmussen Kick)
Aberdeen – 1 yd run Hilario Carrillo (Abe Torres Kick)
Snake River – 12 yd pass to Hrabik (Oliver Rasmussen Kick)
Aberdeen – 9 yd run Hilario Carrillo (Joseph Lemos Kick)
Aberdeen – 20 yd pass to Oscar Klassen (Joseph Lemos Kick)
Aberdeen – 1 yd run Jesus Villareal (Joseph Lemos Kick)
Aberdeen: Ethan Elliott 1 – 10; Clancy Beck 21 – 152; Andrew Hamilton 2 – (-4); Jesus Villareal 11 – 40; Hilario Carrillo 8 – 10
Snake River: Brad Coombs 12 – 63; Kade Keller 5 – 36; Collin Bingham 19 – 68; David Serna 1 – 8; Wyatt Vogler 1 – 1
Aberdeen: Ethan Elliott 5 – 17; Bridger Vollmer 1 – 18; Oscar Klassen 1 – 20
Snake River: Payden Dalley 7 – 1; David Serna 13 – 66; Cole Hrabik 4 – 12
Aberdeen has a bye this week and their next game is on Friday, Oct. 11, against the Soda Springs Cardinals. That will be their Homecoming game.