Tigers fillet Tarpons 56-0
By Chris & Laurie Mueller
The DeQuincy Tigers dominated the South Cameron Tarpons from start to finish beating them 56-0 and jumping out to a 2-0 start for the first time in six years. The Tigers scored 35 points in the first quarter alone and had their way with the 1-1 Tarpons.
DeQuincy scored on its opening possession on a 5 play drive. After Kaleb Buck barreled in from 5 yards out, Cullen Irwin was good on the PAT. Buck had runs of 10, 10, and 27 yards on the drive.
Tim Royer recovered a Tarpon fumble on the third play of South Cameron's initial possession setting the Tigers up on the Tarpon 27. It took just one play for Will Smith to find Adrian Gates for the 27 yard touchdown. Irwin added the kick.
The Tarpons turned it over on downs on their second possession and DeQuincy struck again in lightning fashion as Smith found a wide open Trayson Lacour down the left sideline for a 57 yard score. Irwin nailed his third straight extra point making the score 21-0.
Jaylon Leday recovered another fumble, this time on the Tarpon 18. Two plays later Buck ran through the Tarpons for a hard earned 18 yard touchdown. Once again Irwin was true on the kick.
DeQuincy's defense played strong again this week and forced a 3 and out and a Tarpon punt on their next possession. The Tigers stayed with the ground game and once again it was Buck the Truck who bulled in from 4 yards out. Irwin added the kick and just like that it was 35-0. Buck set the score up with a nice 51 yard run. Buck ended up with 140 yards rushing on the night and 3 touchdowns.
Delvin Baker recovered another Tarpon fumble, but the Tigers could not do any damage. An interception by Blaise Leblanc proved fruitful for the Tigers as JV quarterback Brennan Smith got in on the fun scoring on a 3 yard run. Irwin tacked on the kick to up the lead to 42-0.
The Tigers would score twice more. Smith hit Adrian Gates for a 31 yard touchdown and Korey Jones added a beautiful 51 yard run to pay-dirt. Irwin missed for the first time but made his last extra point and was 7 of 8 on the night. Jones had a good night running the ball as he added 95 yards. Will Smith was quite efficient, going 11 of 13 on the night for 222 yards and 3 touchdown passes.
Tyler Labove ran the ball 17 times for 50 yards for the Tarpons. South Cameron missed their quarterback Jakin Morales, as he was hurt in last week's game and missed the contest. The Tarpons only managed 82 total yards in the game.