GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
The Grand Junction Tigers left it all out on the field Thursday night against favored Dakota Ridge. The Eagles took a 7-0 lead on their first possession. But the Tigers would not be bullied. Junction’s Junious Gooden forced a fumble and dropped the Eagle’s QB for a pair of sacks in the first half. When the teams headed to the locker rooms at the half, the score was still 7-0.
The Second half Junction’s offense got to work. They handed the ball off more often than not, but those handoffs kept the chains moving. Eventually, on fourth and goal, the Tiger’s AJ Mariz scrambled into the end zone for a TD. But an excessive celebration flag cost the team an extra point. On the ensuing kickoff the Tigers smelled blood in the water, and kept the pedal to the medal by going for an on-side kick. they would recover and run a ton of the 3rd quarter clock out, to start the fourth Grand Junction’s AJ Dougherty punched a short run across the goal line. After a missed two-point conversion the Tigers now had the 12-7 lead.
Late in the fourth the Eagles showed off why they are a one loss team and marched down the field. A wild heave to the sideline was beautifully caught by Dakota Ridge’s Jamal Yatribi. The drive was capped-off, with under two minuets to go, by a Charlie Offerdahl TD run. The Tigers comeback attempt fell just short, after a dropped catch and incomplete pass.
The Tigers have now lost three in a row, and look to bounce back against Bear Creek at Stocker next Thursday.