Tigers too strong for Cavaliers

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

September 20, 2013

The Harris County Tigers came into Callaway Stadium and delivered a knockout performance Friday night.

Facing the Callaway Cavaliers, the Tigers used a powerful running game and a strong defense to capture a 31-12 victory.

It was the final non-region game of the regular season for the Cavaliers, who fell to 2-1.

Callaway will begin its Region 5-AAAA schedule next Friday at home against Jackson.

“They were able to run the ball throughout the night, and we weren’t,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “They made big plays, and that’s to their credit. They’re a great football team. We just have to go back to work and get ready for Jackson.”

Taking advantage of a Harris County fumble, Callaway drove for a touchdown early in the third quarter to get within five points.

Harris County responded with an 88-yard touchdown drive, though, and it had another long scoring drive in the fourth quarter to put it away.

Harris County quarterback TaQuon Marshall had a terrific game, running for three touchdowns and passing for another, and Keith Jenkins and Esaias Chapman combined to give the Tigers a potent one-two combination at running back.

Callaway got a touchdown pass from Tez Parks to Michael Moss, and Eddie Culpepper had a scoring run in the second half.

Harris County struck first on a 9-yard scoring run from Marshall early in the first quarter, and a field goal later in the quarter made it a 10-0 game.

Callaway put its first points on the board in the second quarter, with Parks delivering a perfect 50-yard scoring pass to Moss, who put a nice move on his defender and found himself wide open down the left sideline.

The extra point was missed, and Harris County led 10-6 with 6:12 left in the half.

Harris County responded with a touchdown run of its own, with Marshall throwing a 19-yard scoring pass, and the extra point made it a 17-6 game with 2:33 left in the half.

The Cavaliers seemed to gain some momentum in the third quarter.

After recovering a fumble, Callaway went 42 yards in just three plays, with Culpepper accounting for the final 28 yards for the touchdown.

The extra point was missed, and Harris County led 17-12 midway through the third quarter.

Harris County dominated the rest of the game, though, to win going away.

Marshall capped the scoring with touchdown runs of four and one yards.