Tigers fall to Georgia visitors
By Gary Buchanan
Early County Ga. crossed the state line Friday night as they headed west to take on Tallassee. 25 years had passed since the last out-of-state foe walked into “Hot” O’Brien Stadium. The visiting Bobcats persevered in a catfight, defeating the home Tigers 20-13.
Early County scored their points in the first half through the air as they hit on touchdown passes of 28 and 77 yards. Tallassee answered on the ground as Trent Cochran-Gill and Kalvin Levett scored on runs of 4 and 14 yards respectively. The Bobcats missed a field goal attempt just before the half ended and the teams entered the locker rooms tied 13-13.
The third quarter turned into a slugfest where neither team could get traction on offense. Early County was finally able to break the quagmire with a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. The extra point put the Bobcats on top 20-13.
Tallassee put together a drive in the last few minutes that put them in position to score. Levett hit Dylan Turner on a 55-yard pass play that set the Tigers up at the 15-yard line of the Bobcats in the waning minutes of the game. Early County’s defense held to secure the 20-13 victory.
“We made some critical mistakes that cost us tonight,” noted Coach Battles. “We still had a chance to win there at the end but couldn’t get it done. We’ll regroup and come back in two weeks ready to go.”
Tavarious “Truck” Griffin was a standout on defense and helped pave the way on offense with his blocking. His performance earned him the Spectrum Player of the Game.
The Tigers are off next Friday night. They will return to action for Homecoming against Valley on Oct.5. Kickoff for that game is set for 7:00 p.m. 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live beginning at 6. The game will be simulcast on Spectrum Channel 97 with audio streaming on the TuneIn app and video streaming on YouTube.