Sweet victory. For the first time in nearly two years, the Fayette County Tigers claimed victory with a 34-21 win over the Pike County Pirates Friday night.
Since their last win on October 6, 2017, the Tigers had lost 16-straight games. They wiped the slate clean this offseason and hired Nick Davis away from Spalding to rebuild the program. Week one against Hampton was promising, as Fayette lost to Hampton 15-13. The positive signs were there, and they broke through against Pike County.
“It’s real excellent for the kids, the administration, and the fans,” said Davis. “We’ve been working hard and finally had things go our way. We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of things to fix, but it feels great.”
The Tigers opened the game with flair. After the defense forced a three and out, the offense took it to the house on their first snap. Quarterback JeKobe Coleman shook loose of a sure sack, steadied himself, and lofted it over the top to an uncovered Marc Stampley for a 37-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Pike responded, tying up the score on an 80-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper, but Coleman had one of his own, hitting Kamron Glass on a bomb for an 80-yard score.
Coleman tossed his third touchdown of the quarter from four yards out to Jayden Fultz to cap off the first frame ahead 21-7.
The score remained 21-7 at the half, and the Tigers resumed the blitz in the third quarter as Glass shook off multiple Pirate defenders to add his second touchdown of the night on a 45-yard pass from Coleman.
Coleman finished the night 16 of 25 passing for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. Glass was his top receiver, catching 5 passes for 168 yards and 2 scores.
Owen Mikoy added a 38-yard field goal and another from 28 yards as the Tigers led 34-7 early in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates made a push late with two touchdowns, but Fayette held on to seal up the 34-21 victory.
“When you get ahead, you’ve got to put a team away,” said Davis. “We’ve got to improve and learn how to win. We’ve got to clean up the mistakes.”
The Tigers aren’t going to get complacent. They are already back at work taking aim at starting a new streak, the winning kind.