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Tigers rally to beat Charleston

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Charleston's Trentez Lane (4) is pulled down in Friday's game against Caruthersville.
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Blue Jays built up a 24-7 lead on the visiting Caruthersville Tigers Friday night on a Marcus Dixon field goal.

But they were shutout the rest of the way and dropped their second contest of the season 42-24.

"We executed well in the first half and did pretty much what we set out to do," said Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "But when things go your way, you tend to get too confident and too relaxed. When you get into the red zone seven times in the first half and only get 24 points out of it, you're not finishing drives. We turned the ball over seven times, missed a ton of tackles, and didn't deserve to win the game."

Caruthersville's Jimmy Jackson was the leading rusher in the game with 23 carries for 207 yards, 152 of those yards and two touchdowns coming in the second half.

Coach David Gilmore's game plan has been to wear down the opposing team in the second half of the game. His strategy worked just as planned, as his squad seemed to get stronger as the game progressed while Charleston struggled on both offense and defense.

Jackson's first half statistics point this out as the Bluejays held him to just 55 yards on twelve carries.

Aided by two Tiger penalties, Charleston opened the scoring with 7:41 left in the opening quarter when A. H. Marshall capped a 7-play drive with a QB keeper.

Caruthersville evened the score with 4:37 left on a 39-yard pass completion by Rogers Van Ausdall to Marshane Foreman. Michael Kramerius tacked on the pat, his first of six on the evening.

The Blue Jays regained the lead with 45 seconds left in the period when Ashton Farmer outran the Tiger defense on an end-around.

"Charleston had us on our heels in the first half, they made some great adjustments on us, but we made some adjustments at half time and changed our defense to stop the option and the passing game they had,'' said Gilmore. "Our kids seemed to pick up steam in the second half, which is a tribute to the conditioning we do."

The Tigers got to within three points of Charleston in the third period when Jackson scampered 74 yards for the score with 6:09 remaining.

Caruthersville took the lead on the opening play of the fourth period on a Jackson 10-yard run and continued to score for the win.

The loss makes Charleston's record 1-2 and Caruthersville goes to 3-0.

In one of the more interesting matchups of the season, Caruthersville will go to Hayti next week to take on the Indians, while the Bluejays will go to New Madrid to take on the Eagles.