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Trent Cochran-Gill scored on this catch.
Photos by Holley Taylor.

Tigers end Miller's streak

By Gary Buchanan

T.R. Miller has been the source of many bad memories for Tallassee folks over the years. Six times the two teams met, and six times Tallassee came away with a loss. The seventh time was a charm as Tallassee came back from a 29-7 third quarter deficit to defeat T.R. Miller 33-29. The win improved the Tigers to 5 – 1 on the season.

Tallassee started the scoring on the second possession of the night. Casey Baynes hit Kalvin Levett with a 23-yard touchdown pass. Quinton Jeter’s extra point put the Tigers up 7-0.

T.R. Miller’s rushing attack reeled off 29 unanswered points from the second quarter to the first possession of the third quarter. With ten minutes left to play in the third quarter, Tallassee found itself behind 29-7.  That’s when the unthinkable started to happen.

Baynes hit Trent Cochran-Gill on a 26-yard touchdown strike. Baynes ran for an eight-yard score. Baynes hit Levett for a 16-yard touchdown. Markevious Matthews finally put the Tigers ahead with a six-yard run with 5:37 left in the fourth quarter.

Andy Baker (64) and Casey Baynes (18) bringing the punishment.

Mixed in with the Tallassee touchdowns were three consecutive kickoffs that were recovered by the Tigers. Two of the kickoffs were mishandled by T.R. Miller and recovered by Tallassee. One of the kickoffs was a true onside kick where Jake Burton recovered his own kick. Burton’s performance in the kicking game earned him Spectrum player of the game honors.

T.R. Miller had a chance to win on the last possession of the game. After marching to Tallassee’s ten-yard line, their final pass into the end zone was broken up by Baynes as time expired.

“I’m amazed,” said Coach Battles. “The halftime adjustments had to come from inside these players. They decided to start playing Tallassee football. These seniors came to Brewton twice this year and won both times. We can now say that we’ve beaten T. R. Miller and this bunch of guys did it.”

Tallassee returns to J. E. “Hot” O’Brien stadium Friday night to take on Dadeville in another big region matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live with an airtime of 6:00. Audio will be simulcast on TuneIn Radio and Spectrum Cable TV Channel 97. Video is available on Tallassee Times TV.

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