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Cat fight ends in a Tiger victory

After traveling to Mobile to face off against the St. Luke’s Wildcats, the Luverne High School Tigers came home with another victory for the season, ending the game at 49-34.

“I think it shows that if you pay attention, listen and stick with the game plan that good things will happen for you,” said LHS Head Coach Scott Rials.

“It’s overall understanding that the game plan is good.  I’m proud of our guys. They fought hard and finished well.”

The first two quarters of the game kept the Tigers on their toes as they battled the Wildcats back and forth.

At the half, the score was tied at 21-21, but soon after the Tigers kicked it up a notch to take the lead.

“We came out and took the second half kickoff, scored in about two plays, then stopped them on defense, came back and scored again in just a couple of plays,” Rials said.

“We got up 35-21 and we pretty much dominated the rest of the game. St. Luke’s was offensively a good team. They were a little unique in things they did that presented some tough things for us to defend.”

Junior running back Marcus McGhee had 21 carries with 205 yards and two touchdown runs with two yards and 60 yards this game.

Sophomore quarterback Dionte (Tay) Brantley had nine carries with 61 yards, three rushing touchdowns with five, 13 and 18 yards. Brantley also completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Antavious Brown; Brown had four rushes with 77 yards.

Freshman wide receiver Satyler Wilson completed a 24-yard touchdown run for the Tigers, and sophomore line backer and kicker Chase White went seven for seven on extra point attempts.

After battling sickness around the team and coaching staff, the Tigers are now getting back on their feet. This week, the team will hit the practice field once again to prepare for a game that is sure to be a challenge.

“We’re going to try to implement a sound offensive, defensive and kicking game plan and execute it out on Friday night,” Rials said.

This Friday, the Tigers will face off against the Goshen Eagles at home. This will be the Tigers’ first region game.

“If you don’t win your region games, you don’t go to the playoffs,” Rials said.

“So, it’s a big game for us not only being the next game, but also the first game in the region. It’s a big challenge for us; they are always a good team with good athletes, so it will be a big game.”