Tigers take on Luverne this Friday

Published 11:06 am Monday, October 6, 2008

By By Randy Winton – Sports Writer
 
If there was any concern about a letdown following T.R. Miller's heart-stopping, last-minute win at Clarke County a week ago, or even about his team looking ahead to upcoming battles against two unbeatens in the region, it didn't take long for Jamie Riggs' Tigers to assuage those fears Friday night.
For the second time in three weeks, Riggs' team quickly dispenced withf its opponent, this time whipping host Calhoun by a 63-6 count in the Region 1-3A contest.
Just as it did against Central Hayneville, T.R. Miller raced out to a big first-quarter lead and never looked back. As a result the top-ranked team in 3A improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 within the region. Calhoun, which has now given up nearly 400 points on the year, fell to 1-5 and 1-3.
In winning so easily, the Tiger defense hawked six turnovers, including three interceptions and three fumble recoveries, and promptly turned all six into point. All told, the Tigers scored touchdowns via the rush, through the air, on an interception return and on a punt return.
In all, it meant nine touchdowns, led by two each from Matt Lane and Bradley McCreary.
Lane rolled in from the 7 and from the 4 in the first four minutes of the game, as T.R. Miller built a 21-0 first quarter lead, while McCreary added a 28-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Wil Riggs, then followed that with a second-quarter, 70-yard return of an interception.
“Obviously, we're glad to get the win and, again, we were able to play a lot of kids,” said Riggs, whose team overtook the top spot in the polls this week after steadily rising from its pre-season No. 5 ranking. “We're getting a lot of experience and, I've got to tell you, I really like the work ethic of this team and its attitude and desire to work hard and get better.
“With a week like this one, you can't look at the film and say, ‘hey, this team has given up a lot of points