By Andrew Grassey
With the game tied at 20 during the second quarter on Saturday night, it seemed that the Tiverton High School football team had a chance to earn its first win of the season against Lincoln High School. But the same mistakes that have haunted the Tigers all season once again cost them, as they gave up 24 unanswered points and fell by a score of 44-20.
“We didn’t stop anybody defensively and didn’t do anything offensively to give ourselves a chance,” said Tiverton head coach Robert Murray. “We just aren’t made to do some of the things we’d like to do.”
Giving up big plays is something that has hurt the Tigers all season long and against Lincoln it was no different. The Tigers gave up an interception for a touchdown on just the second offensive play of the game and then in the second quarter, they surrendered a kick return for a touchdown.
“You just can’t do those things and we have been doing them all year long,” Murray said. “When you have a winnable game, those plays can’t be there.”
Ball possession also hurt Tiverton, as they were only able to control the ball for 17 plays in the second half. Lincoln was able to control the ball for long drives that frustrated any chance of a Tigers comeback.
Though the Tigers struggled during the second half of the game, the offense moved the ball well during the first half. Seniors Matt DeLeo and Dylan Simmons were able to run the ball effectively in their final home game of their high school careers. Simmons finished the game with 143 yards rushing while DeLeo had 96 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
“My seniors gave a good effort for their last time playing on this field,” Murray said. “I give all the respect in the world to the kids for the effort that they have given us.”
The Tigers now have one more chance to earn their first win of the season and it will be on Thanksgiving Day against Rogers High School. Rogers will be a tough game as they have a 6-4 record so far this season. For Murray, his team has to just keep working and focus on their final game.
“We have one game left. Its one week, its one game and nothing before matters and nothing else matters but that game and that’s what we will do. That’s what we have done all year long,” he said.
The game against Rogers will be at 10 a.m. at Rogers High School.