By Megan Hecox
The Waldron Bulldogs have owned the “Battle of Scott County” in recent years, but the Mansfield Tigers proved Friday night that the past is in the past with a dominate 40-7 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Mansfield Tigers wasted little time getting on the board when junior Layton Howard took the opening kick off for a 92-yard run, scoring a touchdown and setting the tempo for the game. Waldron looked to redeem themselves with an impressive run up the middle on the ensuing possession but turned it over inside the Mansfield 20 yard line. The Tigers high powered offense quickly scored again making the score 13-0. Waldron plowed their way downfield again, posting their only score when sophomore quarterback Braden Williams found a gap in the Tiger defense and rushed into the end zone. The excitement didn’t last long though as the Bulldogs walked into halftime down 21-7.
The second half continued the woes for the Bulldogs. With penalties piling up and fumbling an onside kick, the Bulldogs fate was sealed. The Tigers Offense took over from there with junior quarterback Ethan Stovall rushing for two touchdowns and passing to junior Jaicy Griffin for another touchdown to close out the game.
Mansfield played as one team Friday night and have the numbers to prove it. The Tigers offensively got the ball to eight different players for a combined 376 all-purpose yards, had three players score touchdowns, and defensively had 58 tackles made by sixteen players.
Mansfield Tigers, Coach Bentley said “It was a great game in all three phases (offense, defense, and special teams). We set the tone early, executed well on offense and defense, and most importantly played very physical. I am very impressed with how our team has played disciplined as far as penalties and that has been a huge high point for us. We still have not played our best game, but we have been finding ways to win. Our kids and community deserve this win.”
Although Waldron walked away with a loss, they were able to showcase the immense talent their team holds. Senior Jarrod Starr rushed 53 yards on twelve carries and junior Bradley Smith led the Bulldog defense with six solo tackles.
Mansfield will play Lavaca on September 7th at 7 pm in Lavaca and Waldron will play Paris on September 7th at 7 pm in Waldron.