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Tiger Football Dominates

The Lenox Tiger football team returned to the gridiron this past Friday night and bounced back from their loss at Bedford in a big way taking down Mormon Trail 66-8 on homecoming. Lenox put up 40 in the first quarter to activate the running clock and never looked back. The lead boosted to 54-0 at half, and extended to 66-0 in the third quarter before the Saints were able to score a touchdown and convert a two-point conversion in the fourth to erase the goose egg and end the game 66-8.
Defensively the Tigers were unstoppable up front as the Tigers as a team had six sacks, and a total 15 tackles for loss. Senior Homecoming King Donald Bashor led the way for the Tigers with six total tackles that included three sacks, three tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery, junior Brody Brokaw had five stops including two tackles for loss and a blocked punt that resulted in a two-point safety, senior Keegan Smith played great at nose guard to collect five stops, a sack, and four tackles for loss. Junior and sophomore linebackers Jordan Martin-England and Wyatt Leonard finished with five tackles each; England had a sack and combined with another TFL. Senior linebacker Dalton Kitzman, sophomore linebacker Kolben Robinson, junior d-end Chase England, and junior safety Gabe Funk, all had four tackles. A total of 19 different Tigers made at least one tackle that included stops from senior Eli Ortega, senior Gio Cruz, freshman Levi Fitzgerald, freshman Jayden Arnold, junior Owen Grundman, junior Dylan Stein, sophomore Cade Cordell, sophomore Cash Brammer, senior Jace Smith, and sophomore Jacob Weaver.
Offensively the Tigers had 364 yards of total offense on just 28 offensive plays. Quarterback Gabe Funk did it with his arm this week going 4-4 with 111 yards and three touchdowns through the air. King Bashor had two catches for 64 yards and two scores, Dalton Kitzman had one catch for a 41 yard touchdown, and Grio Cruz had one catch for six yards. Seven different Tigers took part in the rushing game. The seven rushers were led by Jordan Martin-England who finished with six carries for 78 yards and one touchdown, freshman back-up QB Caden Kaufman proved the future is bright with four carries for 53 yards and a touchdown; Kaufman broke several tackles and highlighted the offense for the Tigers in the second half. Dalton Kitzman had four carries for 50 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, freshman Corbyn Sheley had three touches for 26 yards, Wyatt Leonard had a trio of carries for 23 yards, freshman Levi Fitzgerald had three carries for 14 yards, and Gio Cruz had one carry for nine yards.
The Tigers were successful on five two-point conversions for ten points.: Gio Cruz, Donald Bashor, and Chase England all had one conversion; Jordan Martin-England had a pair of conversions.
The Tigers are back on the road this week against East Union (2-2) in Afton. The 3-1 Tigers will look to spoil the Eagles homecoming Friday night. Tiger Pride!

Caden Kaufman deflects the pass late in the 4th quarter of Friday night’s Homecoming win over Mormon Trail. (photo by Meg Barker)

Sophomore Wyatt Leonard scores on a 12-yard run as the clock runs out in the 3rd quarter of the Tigers’ Homecoming win over Mormon Trail Friday night. (photo by Meg Barker)

Keegan Smith with one of his team-high 4 tackles for loss against Mormon Trail Friday night. (photo by Meg Barker)

Senior Dalton Kitzman catches the pass from Gabe Funk on what became a 41-yard touchdown reception in the 1st quarter of Friday night’s game against Mormon Trail. Kitzman scored 4 of the Tigers’ 9 touchdowns in the win. (photo by Meg Barker)

Brody Brokaw causes a fumble with this tackle in the 1st quarter of the Tigers’ Homecoming win over Mormon Trail. (photo by Meg Barker)

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