No. 1 Tigers explode in second half, rout Cowboys, 50-0, in District C-2 matchup
TIPTON Tipton continued its dominance Thursday night with a 50-0 mercy-rule win against Ryan to stay undefeated and atop the District C-2 standings. The Tigers had an 8-0 lead after the first quarter before pulling away over the final two-and-a-half.
"Ryan is a good football team; they're just young," Tipton head coach Jim Kerbo said. "They presented us with some problems, but we just fought through them. I'm glad my kids played hard and had to play a full game."
The No. 4 Cowboys (7-1, 5-1) got the ball to start the game and moved the ball well on Tipton's ferocious defense. The Tiger defense stiffened and forced a punt, and Tipton took over at its own 21-yard line. Tipton picked up a quick first down in three plays before quarterback Gerald White tossed a pop-pass to Antonio Leyja who took it the rest of the way for a 74-yard touchdown pass.
The teams traded punts the rest of the quarter, and it looked like Tipton would finally have its first competitive game of the season.
"You never know how your team is going to react in a big-game atmosphere when you have a few easy games in-a-row and we probably had some nerves, but we settled down," Kerbo said. "The main thing in the first half is we were just sloppy. We had too many penalties and threw some picks, but that happens in big games."
The No. 1 Tigers (8-0, 6-0) threw an interception to start the quarter and gave Ryan great field position at the Tiger 31. The Cowboys faced a fourth down, but went for it and threw deep. The pass fell incomplete, but Tipton was called for pass interference which kept Ryan's drive alive. The Cowboys then rushed twice for a loss and threw two incompletions to turn the ball over to Tipton at its own 15.