Squadron takes on Tigers
The Highland Home Flying Squadron and the Luverne Tigers faced off in a day game Saturday, Sept. 19.
The game was postponed due to weather concerns from Hurricane Sally.
That didn’t stop the two teams from taking the field the next afternoon.
Highland Home Head Coach Will Pouncey says it felt great to win against a rival, but knows the team still has some techniques to improve on.
“It felt great like any other win,” Pouncey said. “It’s rewarding, and we’re setting ourselves up to host a game during the playoffs.”
This week, the Squadron will be facing county rival Brantley Bulldogs, who have only given up a total of two points this season.
“We’re just preparing and trying to focus on us,” Pouncey said. “We have our own standard set and are giving our best effort.”
Kicking off, the Tigers received the ball at the 35-yard line.
Tiger John Taylor carried, but was tackled by Squadron Cade Tidwell.
The Tigers didn’t make it too far, and were forced to punt the ball at their own 42-yard line.
Highland Home was faced with a 15-yard penalty after the punt return, but quarterback Nick Diaz carried the ball for a 41-yard gain.
Two more penalties were called against the Squadron, and after a first and 23, the team was forced to punt the ball to the Tigers.
At the end of the first quarter, Squadron Jalen Green carried for the game’s first touchdown.
At the start of the second quarter, Luverne’s John Taylor carried for a gain of 16, but two illegal procedures called against the Tigers kept them from making it to Squadron territory.
Although forced to punt the ball, Tiger Nikki Taylor recovered the fumble on the next play.
In the remainder of the half, Highland Home’s Roosevelt Harris carried the ball for 45 yards, and Nikki Taylor scored the second touchdown of the half.
The score was 14-0 in favor of the Squadron at the end of the first half.
At the start of the second half, Nikki Taylor carried and was tackled by Squadron Tyzaveous Shepherd. Taylor would’ve made it to Highland Home territory, but a holding penalty called against Luverne pushed the Tigers back 5 yards.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Squadron scored the third touchdown of the game.
John Taylor carried for 20 yards, and then another 13 on the next play.
The final score was 27-0.
Both teams were faced with numerous illegal procedure penalties.
Highland Home will face Brantley at their own home stadium, and Luverne will head to Central Hayneville to play the Lions. Both games will start at 7 p.m.