Tigers lose home opener to Dublin

by | September 6, 2018 5:04 pm

by TROUP BRINSON
   The Swainsboro Tigers hosted the Dublin Irish last Friday, losing a physical battle to one of their longest standing rivals, 20-13. The game hinged on several key moments and controversial officiating decisions that all seemed to swing Dublin’s way.
   Swainsboro kicked off to Dublin to open the game and the Irish returned it to the Tigers’ 45 yard line to immediately test Swainsboro’s powerful defense. The Tigers eliminated that scoring opportunity as senior linebacker Jamal Watkins pounced on a fumble on just the second play from scrimmage. The Tigers’ offense took to the field and so surprised Dublin coach Roger Holmes with their first alignment that he burned a timeout before the offense could get off a snap. Swainsboro QB Kade Youmans commanded the offense, picking apart the Irish in the first half. Javon Brown and Cedric Seabrough were his favorite targets early as Swainsboro moved down to the 4 yard line but stalled. Kicker Cole Bell knocked down a 21 yard FG to give Swainsboro a first quarter lead.
   The kickoff again as not well covered by Swainsboro, allowing Dublin to return it to the Tigers’ 35 yard line. The short field allowed the Irish to execute their Wing-T offense and punch in a 1-yard touchdown in the final minute of the quarter. Their extra point was no good and kept the score at 6-3.
   Senior running back Trez Stephens began…

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