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Tigers fall in season home opener

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On a cool Friday afternoon (Sept. 15), the SVRSS Tigers Football team welcomed the Virden Golden Bears onto their home field for the Tigers’ 2017 home opener.

While the Tigers did get the first points on the board, ultimately, the Golden Bears were able to climb past and secure a 37-26 win, leaving the Tigers with their second loss in the first two games of the season.

Tigers veteran Clayton Spencer started the game off right when he scored a touchdown off of the home team’s first drive of the game, giving the Tigers their first lead of the season.

Later in the half, another touchdown was brought in on a quarterback sneak from Damian Chernyk.

“The defence played well, and at the end of the first half, we were up 14-9,” said Tigers Head Coach Justin Petelski.

“We had a shorter bench with three starters away for a soccer tournament. It showed up in the second half when our defensive guys were running out of gas and couldn’t get the stops we needed.”

In the second half, Donovan Meadows brought in a touchdown on a run for the Tigers, and Cody Clarkson nabbed a catch and ran for a 67 yard touchdown.

“In the third quarter, Chernyk got rolled up a bit in a pile, so Grade 9 Cody Eisner went in at quarterback in the fourth and did very well,” said Petelski. “He completed a few nice passes and did not look out of place in there.

“Grade 9 receiver Tyler Vankleek didn’t hit the score sheet, but hauled in three passes for 65 yards. One of them was a crowd-pleasing 34 yarder he had to dive for and made a great catch.”

Petelski added that even with the struggles on defence in the second half, the Tigers still made some big plays.

“Morgan Staniland lead defence with 13 solo tackles and a pass knockdown,” he said. “Zach Machan had eight solo tackles while Jesse Woodson had seven solo tackles. Ryan Bardwell had four tackles and an interception.

“We will continue to work on tackling and conditioning this week, but, overall, I was happy with the improvement from last week.”

Petelski expects the team to continue to get better and will look to do the same on Friday (Sept. 22) when they travel to Shoal Lake to play the Parkwest Outlaws.

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Jeremy Bergen
REPORTER
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