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Casey Baynes gets the play from Offensive Coordinator Dustin Cook.
Photo by Kyle Thornton.

Tigers top defending champs again

By Gary Buchanan

Tallassee overcame four turnovers and a sluggish first half to defeat Elmore County 34–10 on Friday night. The win improved the Tigers record to 9-1 overall, the best regular season record since 2010. It also secured a home game for the first round of the playoffs.

Tallassee dominated the game in the first quarter. Two lost fumbles at the Panther goal line prevented the Tigers from staking a commanding lead. Instead, Elmore County put the first points on the board with a 22-yard Joseph Stockman field goal.

Tallassee got on the scoreboard as Tavarious Griffin tackled D.J. Patrick in the end zone for a safety. That safety was the first play from scrimmage following another Tallassee fumble near the goal line.

Kalvin Levett cruises into the end zone.
Photo by Holley Taylor.

Casey Baynes scored the first touchdown of the night on a one-yard plunge. The Panthers answered with a 57-yard run for a touchdown by D. J. Patrick. Just before halftime, Quinton Jeter put the Tigers ahead for good with a 25-yard field goal.

Tallassee took control in the second half. Kalvin Levett scored on runs of 6 and 41 yards. Markevious Matthews added a six-yard touchdown run of his own. Levett finished the night with 171 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. His performance earned him the Spectrum Player of the Game honors.

Coach Mike Battles was not happy going into halftime. “We had some self-inflicted problems with penalties and turnovers. Coach Randolph reminded me that even though we’d fumbled four times and given up one big play on defense, we were still winning 13-10.”

Tallassee is off this final week of the regular season. They will host Thomasville on Friday, Nov. 10 in first round playoff action.

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