T.R. Miller Tigers fall to Leeds in quarterfinals

Published 10:18pm Friday, November 22, 2013

LEEDS—There were no smiles on the faces of the T.R. Miller Tigers as they walked off Homer Smiles Field Friday night in Leeds covered in mud.

A 24-20 loss in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs ended the Tigers’ season with a 12-1 record.

Trailing 24-14 with 5:08 left in the game, the Tigers closed the Green Wave’s lead to 24-20 on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Kieon Smith to Kameron Coleman on a fourth down play. After a successful two-point conversion, the Tigers failed to get the onside kick, and Leeds ran out the clock for the four-point win.

But while the Tigers came back with a valiant effort in the loss, they could look back on five turnovers and a failure to score from the 1-yard line on the opening drive of the third quarter. The Tigers had four fumbles and one interception in the loss.

“We played as hard as we could play,” Tiger head coach Jamie Riggs said. “We made too many mistakes. You can’t turn the ball over like that. You just can’t do those types of things. I give Leeds the credit. They are a tough physical football team. It was the kind of game that we thought it was going to be. We just didn’t make quite enough plays and too many mistakes and we know we can’t do that.”

After both teams failed to score in the first quarter, Leeds led TRM 14-6 at the half. Leeds connected with a field goal to take a 17-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, TRM cut the lead to 17-14 but Leeds scored late in the quarter to take a 24-14 lead.

TRM scored with 3:21 left in the game but took the loss by four.

Leeds finished with 273 yards in the win, while TRM had 303.

Dominique Jackson led TRM rushing with 131 yards on 13 carries and scored twice on a 33-yard run and a 9-yard run.

Smith finished 2-for-5 passing with 75 yards and one touchdown and one interception.

Coleman had both catches in the loss.

For a complete game story and to see what Riggs said about the Tigers’ comeback in the game and his 2013 team, see Wednesday’s edition of The Brewton Standard.

Leeds, now 11-2, will take on Straughn at home next week for the right represent the southern part of the bracket in the class 3A title game in Tuscaloosa.

Straughn defeated Bayside Academy Friday night 42-21.

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