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This past Friday the Metter Tigers traveled to Guyton to take on the South Effingham Mustangs and came home with a huge 26-3 upset win.
The Class A Tigers were thought to be underdogs against the much larger AAAAAA school, but for the second straight week Metter dominated their opponent in all areas of the game.
The offense controlled the tempo of the game all night and kept South Effingham’s offense off the field. The Mustangs were limited to just seven possessions and were never able to establish any rhythm in what was their first game of the season.
In those seven possessions, the very tough Tiger defense only allowed the Mustangs to gain 74 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers. Metter’s defense only allowed South Effingham to gain three first downs and have yet to allow a touchdown this season.
Ethan Oglesby led the defense with eight tackles and two tackles for loss. CJ Donaldson had seven tackles and a pass break-up and Kaliq Jordan tacked on six tackles and a fumble recovery.
The only points that have been scored against the Tigers through two games was Liam Rickman’s 43-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The Metter offense did a great job controlling the ball and put together some long, grinding drives that chewed the clock away. When the running attack was slowed down, senior quarterback Taj Hobbs connected on several big pass plays to keep drives alive.
The Tiger offense got off to a slow start following the opening kick-off and turned the ball over on just the third play of the game when Larry Scott intercepted a pass at the Tiger’s 29 yard line.
The Mustangs were knocking on the door of the end zone after quarterback Alex Cela broke a 20-yard run down to the two, but on the next play the Tiger defense forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball at the five yard line.
The Tigers settled in on their second possession and put together an impressive 17-play, 95-yard drive that took up the remainder of the first quarter.
Metter picked up six first downs and got big run plays from Aaron Collins, including a 12-yard run to get the Tigers out of the shadow of their own goalposts and a 20-yard run over midfield and into Mustang territory.
The Tigers converted two fourth downs on the drive and the drive was capped off by a one-yard quarterback sneak by Taj Hobbs to put Metter up early and set the tone. The extra point attempt was no good following a bad snap, so the score with 10:28 remaining in the second quarter would be 6-0 Metter.
South Effingham was able to move the ball some on their second drive, picking up two first downs and moving the ball into Tiger territory, but the drive stalled at the 26. Liam Rickman booted a 43-yard field goal through the uprights for the Mustangs’ only points on the night.
The Tigers got the ball back with 6:57 to go until halftime and put together another great drive. The drive was helped along by three first down passes from Taj Hobbs to Devin Smith and a big 33-yard run by Kaliq Jordan, who escaped the grasp of a Mustang defender in the backfield and sprinted over the 50 and down to the 22 yard line. It was Hobbs on the quarterback sneak once again to find the end zone. The two-point conversion try failed, giving the Tigers a 12-3 lead with just 16 seconds until halftime.
Both teams would have been content going into halftime with that score, but a huge mental mistake on the ensuing kick-off would change the entire feel of the game.
Cameron Robinson got off a short squib kick for Metter and the entire South Effingham receiving team dropped back into coverage, unaware of the short kick. The ball dropped at the Mustang 42 yard line where Metter easily recovered it. The gaffe would give the ball back to the Tigers with 16 seconds until the half. Taj Hobbs connected on back-to-back pass plays to give Metter another score, stunning the Mustangs and silencing the large crowd.
Taj Hobbs found Cameron Robinson on the 32-yard pass to move the ball down to the ten yard line. With time winding down, Hobbs faked the toss sweep to Antwan Coney, looked the defense off with his eyes and threw back to Coney on the wheel route. He hit Coney in stride for the touchdown. Taj Hobbs converted the two-point conversion on a quarterback keeper to give the Tigers a 20-3 lead at halftime.
The Metter defense continued their dominance in the second half. The Tigers only allowed 15 yards of total offense and didn’t allow the Mustangs to gain a first down.
The Tiger offense slowed a little but continued to control the clock with the run game. Metter tacked on another score with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter via a one-yard run by Aaron Collins to extend their lead to 26-3.
When the Tigers took over on their third possession of the fourth quarter, there was only two minutes remaining in the game. All Metter had to do was run the clock out and seal the huge win.
The final score would be Metter 26, South Effingham 3.
Head Coach Rodney Garvin gave us his thoughts on the win. “I thought offensively we set the tone for the game from a physicality standpoint early,” he said. “We drove the ball after converting a 4th and 2 at our own 28. I felt we were physical on both sides of the ball. In the second half, our defense shut them down and we just really began to dial in on what they were doing.
“It’s great to win and especially measure yourself on the road against a large school. If we will work a little harder each week in practice and keep improving weekly we can have another really great season.”
The Metter Tigers are off this coming Friday, but will be back in action Friday, Sept. 25, as they welcome Savannah Country Day into The Jungle for the first home game of the season.
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