Mount Pleasant football falls to Pine Tree on the road
It was the second week of district play. All teams in the district were either 1-0 or 0-1. After Mount Pleasant’s heartbreaking loss to the Hallsville Bobcats last week the Tigers found themselves in the group of 0-1, which also included Sulphur Springs and Texas High.
Mount Pleasant would look to break into the district win column this week on the road against a good Pine Tree team. During my Facebook Live Coaches Interview Coach Corey Homer alluded to the fact that Pine Tree has as close to a 50/50 split between running plays and passing plays as anyone in the district. This would be true to form as they had a balanced attack.
The Mount Pleasant Tigers fell to 0-2 in district play, by a score of 31-21. A night with a missed call and a couple of missed assignments would see the Tigers lose to the Pine Tree Pirates.
The Pirates would be the first to score on a 5 yard QB run around the right side — leaping over defenders the Pine Tree quarterback would put the Pirates up by 7. The Tigers would not get any closer than this to the Pirates as they would trail the entire game.
The first quarter would not be kind to the Tigers as a 25 yard pass play would score another Pirate touchdown. The Pine Tree receiver would get away with a two-handed push off on the Mount Pleasant defensive back. None the less, the Tigers hand been handed a two score deficit on the road against an offense that put up 55 points the week prior.
The Tigers would finally get on the board with 10:50 left in the second quarter. Freshman sensation Tylan Hines would find a crease down the left side for 12 yards, putting the Tigers on the board. The score now sat at 14-7 in favor of Pine Tree. The Pirates would answer quickly, scoring just 2 minutes later. A quarterback keeper off the right tackle would lead to a 43 yard touchdown run.
The Pirates were again up two scores with 8 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. The Tigers would answer, scoring on the following drive. A beautiful 31 yard touchdown pass by Josh Morris found Anterrious Beard in the back of the end zone. It was back to a one score game.
After putting on a tremendous performance last week against Hallsville the Tiger defense couldn’t stop Pine Tree. The Pirates would immediately answer the Tiger touchdown with one of their own. The Pine Tree quarterback would score again. It was back to a two possession game as the Pirates would go into the half up 28-13.
Halftime would prove to give both defenses a chance to strategize and regroup. After allowing 28 points in the first half the Tigers would only allow 3 in the second. The Tiger offense would, however, not be able to make up the difference as the Tigers would only score one touchdown the second half.
Pine Tree would kick a field goal with 1:36 left in the 3rd quarter to make the score 31-13. The Tigers were down 18 points heading into the fourth. Mount Pleasant would not go quietly as they continued to fight until the end.
The final Tiger score would come on a nice scramble by Morris — it was a 12 yard run that was followed by a 2 point conversion. The Tigers were back within striking distance but running out of clock. Unable to convert on their final drive the Tigers would fall to Pine Tree by a final score of 31-21. With two district games in the books the standings are not what the Tigers had hoped for — 0-2 in district and sitting tied for 6th along with Sulphur Springs, the Tigers will already face a critical game. This Friday the Tigers will take on Marshall, which is sitting 2-0 in district play after beating Texas High in week 1 and Sulphur Springs in week 2.
It would be a statement win for the Tigers and a definite shake-up in the standings. This Friday will also be senior night. Come out and support your local High School football team as we honor the Mount Pleasant senior football players.