Tigers break open halftime tie, 36-15

Published 12:20 am Saturday, September 26, 2009

Greenville’s Cordez Peagler had 61 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns to help lead his team to a 36-15 victory over Andalusia Friday night in Andalusia.

Tigers quarterback Ryan Smith also lead with nine carries for 31 yards and one touchdown.

Smith also helped his team add two additional touchdowns for the night, passing 13-for-18 for 198 yards.

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Despite the two-touchdown win Friday night, Greenville coach Ben Blackmon said his team was “out played” in the game.

“We got out-played and out-coached by coach (Brian) Seymore tonight,” Blackmon said. “I mean the scoreboard didn’t indicate it. They came out and they were more focused.”

“They hit us in the mouth and they had a great game plan,” he said. “Hats off to them. They have a great football team.”

Greenville got on the board early in the first quarter as Peagler carried the ball one yard for a touchdown with 7:47 left in the quarter.

Andalusia answered five minutes later as sophomore quarterback Deion Akins carried the ball into the end zone from 12 yards out.

The two-point conversion attempt was successful when senior T.K. Bullard walked the ball from the 3-yard line.

Things kept looking up for the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-1 in Class 4A, Region 1) early in the second quarter.

Andalusia senior running back Marcus Jones added six points on a 73-yard carry, and the extra point was good to give Andalusia a 15-7 lead.

Greenville tied the game up with 0.0 seconds left in the first half on a 1-yard pass from Smith to wide receiver Michael Watts.

Watts finished the job with a 3-yard two-point conversion pass.

Blackmon said the main key for his team in the second half lay in the running game and defense.

“We made a couple of adjustments and we were able to move the football and made some key third and fourth down stops on them,” Blackmon said.

Greenville added another seven points in the third on a 5-yard rush from Smith with 5:13 on the clock.

Peagler stepped up again and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good.

The visiting Tigers scored two points in the fourth quarter on a third-and-34 play when Andalusia’s Ken Chambers recovered the ball and soon was tackled in the endzone.

Greenville was not done scoring late in the fourth quarter as Smith connected to Mikwese Claybourne for a 50-yard touchdown with 24.3 seconds left in the game.