Tigers aiming for championship season again with winning streak

By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal

The Noxapater Tigers are keeping their winning streak alive with another big win.

The Tigers traveled to Crawford last Friday night and picked up a 48-6 win over the East Oktibbeha Titans.

Noxapater set the tone in the first quarter by overpowering the Titans on both sides of the ball.

Junior quarterback Tyrell Carter was the first Tiger to add points to the board. Carter made a 28-yard dash to the end zone in the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Noxapater entered the end zone again. Carter connected with junior wide receiver Justin Robertson with a 20-yard pass.

The Tigers added two more touchdowns before halftime.

Senior running back Trey Baber made a 26-yard touchdown run and Keon Coburn followed it up later in the second quarter with a run from the three.

After halftime, Noxapater continued their ground attack.

Carter found senior wide receiver Justus Barfield with a nine-yard pass advancing the Tiger lead even more.

On Noxapater’s next possession, Carter increased his team’s lead again after punching it in from the one-yard line. Later in the third quarter, junior wide receiver Anthony Brown caught a 20-yard pass from Carter capping the Noxapater scoring.

Marshall Kugle added 6 of the 7 extra points attempted throughout the game.

The Titans managed to produce one touchdown during the game when quarterback Justin Williams connected 43 yards through the air with Destin Covington.

On offensive, Baber led with 11 carries for 141 yards with one touchdown. Carter followed with 12 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Carter was 9-14 through the air for 99 yards with three touchdowns.

Brown had four receptions for 52 yards with one touchdown while Robertson had three receptions for 35 yards with one touchdown. Barfield had two receptions for 12 yards with one touchdown.

Jacoby Lewis led on the defensive side of the ball with seven stops. Robertson, Dustin McVay and Nick Strehle had five stops each while Jarious Carter had three interceptions.

The Tigers controlled the ball during most of the game, and their defense kept pressure on the Titan offense causing several East Oktibbeha errors, which lead to turnovers.

This is the highest scoring win by the Tigers this season.

After their first two loses at the beginning of the season against two tough Class 2A teams, the defending Class 1A State Champion Tiger team has outscored their opponents 228-19.

The Tigers hold a 6-2 overall record and are 5-0 in district play.

After an open week, Noxapater is hoping to continue their dominance on the field. The next Tiger matchup will be Oct. 19 against the Pelahatchie Chiefs at Noxapater. The following week, the Tigers will travel to Maben to square off with the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves. The Tigers, Chiefs and Timberwolves all undefeated in division play. The upcoming games for Noxapater will decide who is the best in Class 1A, Region 3, District 4.

The Tigers will finish their season at home against county rival the Nanih Waiya Warriors.