His coaches may have argued he was more than that, as the Tigers took the field without the other half of the backfield in Darius Manning. NHS turned to Bryce Burkhart to spell Young, and the junior rushed well in the snaps he was given.
Friday’s win was more than just a combination of big games from its feature players; Nation said the Tigers blocked better than they have in a month. That allowed them to fight back after falling behind 10-7 on Choctaw’s Jacob McMullen’s astounding 57-yard field goal that easily cleared the uprights. The Tigers scored 21 unanswered after that, and didn’t trail again.
Jakcob Dean played a clean and efficient game under center, rushing for 84 yards and adding another 59 through the air. More importantly, the Tigers fumbled the ball just once all night after a handful a week ago, and they quickly recovered the one dropped ball they had on Friday.
“We played Tiger football tonight,” he said. “We’re a team that has to play tough and fight, and we did that tonight. It’s the first time we’ve played like that all year.”
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