High rankings mean nothing in sports. If anything it puts a target squarely on the back of the team. Tucker found out Saturday morning when Kell rolled up and pushed them into overtime. The top-ranked Tigers took the lead on their possession and held on to their 28-27 victory thanks to a failed extra point by the Longhorns.
Playing a football game at 9:00 am in the morning is just crazy. Nevertheless, both teams had to deal with it. Kell jumped on the Tigers defense mixing the run with the pass all the way down to the 5-yard line. Tre Leslie’s sack of Evan Conley on third and goal ended the Longhorns hopes of a touchdown. Head Coach Brett Sloan sent junior kicker Logan Flesher on to attempt the first field goal of the game. Flesher’s attempt sailed wide right keeping the scoreboard blank.
Both offenses fared better in the second quarter. Senior wide receiver Michael Luckie got behind the defense and junior quarterback Evan Conley dropped in a perfect pass for a 26-yard touchdown. Conley went over the right side for the two-point conversion.
Tigers junior quarterback Travon Ford answered back with a touchdown pass of his own. Ford found senior wide receiver Joshua Vann for an 18-yard touchdown to cap an 8 play, 69-yard drive. Despite the vaunted projections, the Tigers only managed to amass 111 total yards of offense.
The Longhorns kept Tucker scoreless in the third and took a 14-7 lead into the fourth. After missing his first field goal, Flesher came through with back-to-back 30-yard field goals. The second field goal came compliments of the special teams unit. Junior Sam Blancato forced junior return man David Davis to fumble the ball at the 18-yard line.
Tucker continued to shoot itself in the foot. In addition to the six penalties for 50 yards, the Tigers fumbled away the ball twice. Each fumble cost them points. The second fumble cost them a touchdown. Sophomore defensive lineman Vincent Dinkins scooped up the loose ball lost by Ford and sprinted 31 yards into the end zone.
Fortunately for the Tigers, Ford has a short memory. On the second play of the ensuing possession, Ford hit Joshua Vann again for a huge 79-yard touchdown.
Overtime saw the Ford-Vann show come to the rescue yet again. This time the pair hooked up for a 15-yard touchdown to take the lead. Not to be outdone, Conley hit Blake Simpson with a 5-yard touchdown on first and goal.