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Casey Baynes looks for an opening behind Jamarkus Miller

Tigers fumble away Munford game

By Michael Butler

Tallassee lost its first game of the season falling to No. 7 Munford 36-22 on Friday at J.E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium. The Tigers are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in region.

The Tigers lost five fumbles and were virtually without the services of their top two ground gainers in a game that was a seesaw battle until the fourth quarter. Kiwanis Woods was injured on the Tigers' second play from scrimmage and Markevious Matthews did not play; therefore, Tallassee relied heavily on the arm of Casey Baynes who threw for a career high 217 yards with three touchdowns on 18-of-30 passing.

Baynes hit Jake Burton for a 28-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter.  Baynes hit a 4th and 10 pass to Jamarkus Miller for a 32-yard score in the final minutes of the half to send the Tigers to the locker room on top 14-13.

Kiwanis Woods left the game after this run and did not return

THS was stopped on a 4th and 1 at their own 26-yard-line on the first drive of the third quarter. Two plays later the Lions regained the lead with a 26-yard TD pass from Avery Harris to Tanner Reeves.

After a Tigers’ turnover deep in Munford territory, Jake Baker stuffed Tacorrie Russell behind the goal line for a safety to cut the deficit to 21-16. The Lions countered later with a Za Britt punt return to paydirt for a 28-16 lead.

Baynes then connected with Logan Goodman from 21 yards out to narrow the gap to 28-22 late in the third.  Russell scored on an 11-yard jaunt to end the scoring in the final frame.

Tallassee outgained Munford 341-310.

"We did not play very well. Munford had a lot to do with that," Tallassee head football coach Mike Battles said. "When you lay the ball on the ground, one is too many. So it doesn't really matter - 5, 8 or 50. You sure can't turn that sucker over like we did tonight.

"There's a lot of football to be played. We've just got to improve and cut down on the mistakes."

The Tigers host T.R. Miller for homecoming on Friday at 7:00.  Miller beat Tallassee 17-14 last year at O’Brien Stadium and are 5-0 all-time vs. THS. 

1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live beginning at 6:00. Audio will be simulcast on Bright House Networks cable television channel 97. A video webcast will be available on Tallassee Times TV:  The broadcast is also available through the Tune-In App and followed by the "Scoreboard Show" until 11:00 p.m.  

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