Tigers lose heartbreaker, fall to Hallsville Bobcats
Last weekend marked the arrival of district football. In what might be the most exciting week of the fall, Mount Pleasant hosted its homecoming game at the same time as the Titus County Fair.
In preparation for the homecoming game Mount Pleasant High School held its annual Tiger Fest Pep Rally on the Square.
There were booths set up around the square promoting student organizations and showcasing all there is to offer at MPHS. The cheerleaders performed followed by the Stomp Squad (Step Team) and finally the Tiger Dolls finished off the night with a wonderful choreographed dance routine. Intermixed with the performances were members of the varsity sports teams speaking about their season and encouraging the community to support each program.
The Tiger fest was great way to kick off the week and energize the team for Hallsville.
On Friday night, the stadium buzzed with excitement as the game approached and the two teams, after warm-ups, trotted back to the locker room.
It was time for the homecoming nominees to take the field. This year’s homecoming queen nominees were Hannah Cervantes, Abrile Cisineros, Stacey Henderson, Allyn Moreno and Jennifer Zuniga. The homecoming king nominees were Terrance Allen, Uriel Chanez, Ivan De la Cruz, Enrique Martinez, Steven Mendoza and David Perez Gardea. The winning pair for 2017 Homecoming King and Queen were Steven Mendoza and Allyn Moreno.
The crowd’s cheers for the Homecoming court quickly turned toward the team taking the field. The Mount Pleasant Tigers would take on the Hallsville Bobcats in hopes of finishing the night in a three-way tie for 1st place. The Tigers’ hopes however would fade slightly as they would finish the night losing to Hallsville by a score of 6-7.
The game would start out with a lot of action but very few points. The Tigers and Bobcats defenses would bend but not break.
It wasn’t until late in the third quarter that we finally saw our first score of the game. A crucial mistake by the Tiger punter saw his knee touch down as he would try and field a low snap. This would give Hallsville a very short field and all the momentum they would need to punch it into the end zone. The Tigers were down 0-7 as the fourth quarter began.
Rising to the occasion for the Tigers was Quarterback Josh Morris. On a busted play Morris would run up the middle, directing blockers as he scampered all the way to the 5 yard line with 5 minutes remaining.
The Hallsville defense would tighten up and force the Tigers into a fourth and goal with the game on the line. The call was a play action pass, Morris would fake the handoff to the running back — as the defense shifted to the right, tight end Jashon Pouge would sneak into the back left corner of the end zone. As Morris pulled the ball back up Jashon was all alone for the score.
With the score 6-7 all the Tigers needed was an extra point to tie the game. As the kick went up the horn in the back of the end zone went off and the entire stands erupted. The referees signaled no good and the entire sideline and stands stood in confusion. The extra point had gone wide left and the Tigers found themselves still down with 4 minutes remaining.
The Tigers would kick off in hopes of forcing a stop or creating a turnover. Hallsville would largely be successful running out the clock and they would give the ball back to the Tigers with only 42 seconds left. On their own 20 yard line the Tigers took a few shots down the field but couldn’t break through the Bobcat prevent defense.
The Tigers would end up turning the ball over on downs. A quarterback knee and it was final. In heartbreaking fashion the Tigers had fallen to the Bobcats by a margin of 1.
It was a rough way to start the district schedule.
The Tigers will take on Pine Tree next week, an opponent they beat in route to last year’s 3rd place finish.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 in Longview.