Tigers fall to Northeast in playoffs
By Chris & Laurie Mueller
Five DeQuincy fumbles pretty much did the Tigers in last Friday night as they lost to the Northeast Vikings 22-14 in the first round of the playoffs. The fumbles helped set up two of the Vikings' touchdowns and stopped a golden opportunity for a DeQuincy score early in the contest.
The DeQuincy Tiger defense did a good job and forced Northeast to punt 10 times in the game, but the turnovers were a big problem for the Tiger offense. The Tigers answered the Vikings first score with a score of their own, Kaleb Buck capped a 7 play drive with a 4 yard run and it was 6 all.
Northeast scored on a short run to go up 14-6. The drive was set up by a Tiger fumble. Late in the first half, DeQuincy drove to the Northeast 26, but the Tigers came away with no points. Northeast jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the third quarter, but DeQuincy stayed in the game as Jake Cooper scored on a 15 yard run and Buck added the 2 point conversion making the score 22 to 14.
The Tigers came within a yard and a 2 point conversion of tying up the game late in the 4th quarter after forcing a Northeast punt Cooper faked a hand off and raced around left end for a 52 yard run all the way to the 3 yard line. Buck took it to the two and after an incomplete pass, Cooper ran the same play to the left and it looked like a sure touchdown, but the Viking defender made a shoe string tackle inside the one. On fourth and goal, Cooper came up short again and the Vikings took over and ran most of the remaining time off the clock.
DeQuincy finished 3-8 on the season and despite their win loss record, played hard and showed a lot of improvement under new head coach Charlie Smith.
The Tigers will lose 16 seniors, but will return the bulk of their offensive output from this year. The losses will be heavy on the offensive and defensive lines but the outlook for the Tigers is bright.