Bernhardy would be a problem all night for the Tigers, even after they took control of the game in the second half. The senior finished with more than 300 yards of total offense but his game ended with a scary moment after he went down on a play with two minutes left in the game and had to be carted off the field. It was not immediately apparent what the injury was, but he was able to move his arms and legs and gave the crowd a thumbs-up as he was driven off the field.
With the Tiger offense struggling in the first half, their special teams stepped up to keep them in the game. First it was Young, who returned a kickoff 90 yards to keep the Tigers in the game. Then, after NHS wasted a fumble recovery on the Moore 14 when the Tigers failed to convert a fourth-and-one, it was Kierstan Pendleton who made the next big play.
Pendleton, who was also the hero of last week’s Crosstown Clash victory after he jumpstarted the Tigers with a touchdown return on an interception, was at it again Friday night. This time he did it with a 50-yard punt return in the second quarter, giving NHS a 14-10 lead that it would never relinquish. The Tigers added a 46-yard field goal from Matt Hockett as time expired in the first half.
“To have a kick and punt return like that, and a 46-yarder by Hockett, that’s huge for us,” Nation said. “It wasn’t our best game, but a win is a win.”
Things turned around in the second half. Young took the first snap of the half 61 yards for a touchdown to extend the Tiger lead, and though Moore stuck around, the Lions never got closer than seven points again.
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