Mack cracks century mark; Greenville still falls to Indians

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 3, 2005

Greenville tailback Isiah Mack rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, but it was all for naught.

Wetumpka kept Greenville backpedaling from the start of the game by jumping out to an early 14-0 lead and went on to hold off the Tigers 21-12 in both teams' Region 2, Class 5A opener at Tiger Stadium Friday night.

Mack broke open for an 82-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter and then added another touchdown with 1:05 left in the game to keep Greenville close, but the Tiger defense could not get a stop when it needed one.

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"Isiah is improving each week for us," Greenville coach Mike Williams said. "We have got to find ways to get him the ball, but one guy can't make all the plays on offense."

Aside from a gutsy performance by Tiger quarterback Lynn Lewis, who was struggling with leg cramps most of the second half, Mack was the only offensive threat for Greenville.

"He's a big athlete and one of those type backs you can't get down just by trying to arm tackle," Wetumpka coach Chad Anderson said.

The Indians, who suffered a 40-9 shellacking last week at the hands of Prattville, jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter by attacking Greenville's secondary.

Tevin Washington's only touchdown pass of the game was a 22-yard strike to Rashard Adams with 3:17 left in the quarter. The touchdown call was suspect and debated by the Greenville coaching staff when Adams caught the ball in the end zone and later fumbled the ball as his feet hit the turf.

The Tigers (0-2) could not answer the score and punted away to Wetumpka, which took over a midfield.

The Indians (1-1) needed just three plays to reach the end zone with Tavarus Mitchell capping the drive with a 3-yard jog to give Wetumpka a comfortable 14-0 lead. The scoring drive was set up by a 44-yard bomb from Washington to Mitchell on the first play from scrimmage.

"We saw a few things on tape that led us to believe that we could beat their defense deep," Anderson said. "We got a win, but it wasn't perfect."

Mack drew Greenville within striking range on the first play of the fourth quarter with the 82-yard run.

But Wetumpka regained the momentum swing when it answered the Tigers' score with a 12-play drive with Hilliard Foster dancing into the end zone from 7 yards out.

Mack then scored his second touchdown of the night late in the fourth, and the Indians easily recovered the onside kick to salt the victory.