Not everyone can win on opening night, and the McIntosh Chiefs were on the sour end of a 40-7 loss to the Mundy’s Mill Tigers at home on Friday night.
The Chief defense started strong, as Jacob Woods registered tackles in the backfield on the first two snaps, The Tigers went to the skies on the third snap with Ryan Nobles airing it out over the top to Antoine Greene for 45 yards. Facing another 3rd and long, Nobles scrambled to move the chains, and Crushon Jackson capped off the opening possession with a two-yard touchdown. A missed extra point made it 6-0.
McIntosh was on the cusp of responding, taking the short kickoff out close to midfield and driving 51 yards. On their first play from scrimmage, Mason McPeters rushed on as a last-second sub and took a sweep 8 yards, and Dominick Cosper extended the drive into the red zone with a 10-yard run. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they needed 52 yards to score, and the Tigers surged into the backfield on 4th and goal from the one to kill the drive.
The Tigers made the huge momentum play count on the next snap. Nobles hit Greene on a hitch, and he shook loose from a tackle and raced up the sideline for a 98-yard catch and run touchdown. A missed two-point attempt made it 12-0 after the first play of the second quarter.
The Tigers made it three touchdowns on three first-half drives when Raheem Gaines took a draw up the gut on 3rd and 9 and raced 68 yards to the house for a 19-0 lead.
McIntosh finally got on the board on the ensuing drive. Keyed by first-down runs by Cosper and Malique Mackey and a 4th-down conversion on a Hayes Herzog-Andrew Villiger pass, they drove deep into the Tiger territory. Matthew Allum rumbled into the end zone untouched from two yards out and William Mason added the extra point to cut the deficit to 19-7 heading into halftime.
Mundy’s Mill ended any comeback attempts. After the teams traded turnovers, including a Ben Anderson fumble recovery, the Tigers took a receiver screen 42 yards for a score. When a Chief drive stalled heading into the final frame, the long snap sailed over the punter’s head, and the Tigers smothered the last-ditch kick attempt. Taking over on the five, Gaines punched it in on the next play for a 33-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff they put it out of reach as Tyraun Lane ripped the ball out of the return man’s hands and returned it for a touchdown and the final blow in the 40-7 rout.
For the Chiefs, Cosper led the offense with 40 yards on 14 carries. Herzog completed 5 of 9 passes for 41 yards.
The Chiefs take aim at .500 in week two when they host Riverwood.
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