Tigers lose first conference game

The Aberdeen Tigers suffered their second loss of the season, first in conference play, to the very tough second-ranked West Side Pirate football team 28-0. The Tigers are now 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

The Tigers received the opening kickoff and were forced to punt. West Side blocked the Tigers’ punt and took over on the Tiger 12-yard line. Three plays later the Pirates scored on a 12-yard pass to Josh King from Peyton Brown. After making the extra point the Pirates were up early 7-0.

The Tigers started their next drive on their own 20-yard line. On the first play Clancy Beck pitched the ball to Hilario Carrillo around the right end for a 12-yard gain. Three plays later the Tigers were forced to punt the ball back to the Pirates.

The Tigers held the Pirates on three downs and forced them to punt. Hilario Carrillo blocked the Pirate punt and the Tigers took over on their own 45-yard line.

The Pirates held the Tigers again and forced them to punt. Carrillo boomed a punt from the Tiger 25 yard line that landed 63 yards away on the Pirate 12. The Pirates were called for roughing the punter on that play which gave the Tigers the ball back on the Pirate 49 yard line. The Tigers drove the ball down to the Pirate 20 yard line, but came up short after an incomplete pass on fourth down and turned the ball back over to the Pirates early in the second quarter still down 7-0.

The Pirates then marched the ball 80 yards for a touchdown to put the them up 14-0 going into halftime.

“We really struggled offensively in the first half and we knew we had to get things going in the second half. We lost three starters in the first half to injuries that made things more difficult. Christian Bravo, our starting middle linebacker and Z back, pulled a hamstring in warm-ups, Andrew Hamilton, our strong safety and slot back, suffered a season ending torn MCL in the second quarter and Hilario Carrillo bruised his ribs on the same drive causing him to be out of the game,” coach Jeff Duffin said.

“We ended up giving up 14 more points to the Pirates in the third quarter putting them up 28-0. Overall our defense did a good job Friday night holding a West Side team that had averaged 47 points a game in their previous five games to 28 points. We just couldn’t get things going on offense against a very big physical West Side team.”

The Tigers will play the Malad Dragons on Thursday night, Oct. 24. It will be Senior night for the Tigers. If the Tigers beat Malad they will most likely be the second seed out of the Fifth District in the state tournament.


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