Golden Tigers have good spring gamePublished 6:00am Wednesday, May 23, 2012
RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville High School football team took to Russellville Stadium for the first time in six months last Friday to take on the Giles County (Tenn.) Bobcats in a spring game.
The contest stayed close throughout, and Giles County pulled out a 21-14 win.
“I’m excited for our kids for coming out and playing hard,” Russellville head coach Michael Jackson said.
“For only having eight days and six practices to prepare they came out and fought hard against a good team like Giles County.”
Bud Coleman, who transferred to Russellville from Hamilton, wasted no time making an impact as a Golden Tiger.
Coleman netted Russellville its first six points of the game on a 5-yard touchdown run.
The extra point put the Golden Tigers up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Coleman, playing ironman-style football like many other high schoolers, also made a big impact for the Golden Tigers on defense.
Giles County did not waste much time in evening up the game.
The Bobcats punched the ball into the end zone on a quarterback keeper, and the ensuing PAT tied the game at 7-7.
Both teams had their fair share of possessions in the game, but the vast majority of the drives petered out before reaching the red zone.
It was a 20-yard rush by Tyler Boyd that broke the stalemate in the second quarter, giving the Golden Tigers their second score of the game on the ground.
The point-after attempt was good, and Russellville went up 14-7.
Giles County had a chance to tie the game again a few minutes later when the Bobcats’ running back ran into the end zone from 32 yards out.
The PAT sailed well left of the uprights though, leaving Russellville on top 14-13.
The Golden Tigers, despite amassing some big yards on offense, were unable to score again in the second half.
The Bobcats managed to pick up one more score late in the second half on a 2-yard touchdown run.
Giles County used a quarterback keeper to run in a 2-point conversion, putting the Bobcats up 21-14 and completing the close victory.
“I’m very optimistic about the team’s performance,” Jackson said.
“I’m glad to end spring training playing a team like Giles County.”
The Golden Tigers will play the Brooks Lions in a road jamboree game on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., followed by the 2012 regular season schedule.