Tigers come from behind to nip Raiders



–courtesy www.southernexposurephotos.com Pennington's Brandon Cole (25) picks up yards thanks to a block by Zach Hyatt (50).

–courtesy www.southernexposurephotos.com Pennington’s Brandon Cole (25) picks up yards thanks to a block by Zach Hyatt (50).


The J.B. Pennington Tigers got a much-needed win last Friday with a come-from-behind 21-14 victory over the visiting Good Hope Raiders.

The Tigers trailed 14-7 midway through the third quarter after Good Hope’s Josh McClure hit Joey Williams on a seven-yard touchdown pass.

However, Pennington’s Wesley Stephens answered less than a minute later when he took a handoff and split the Raider defense on a 59-yard touchdown sprint. Charlie Rojas tied the game 14-14 with the extra point.

The Tiger defense held and the offense went back to work. Lee Morton capped off a drive early in the final quarter with a one-yard touchdown run and the Tigers led 21-14 after the Rojas extra point.

Good Hope had three more possessions on the night but the Tiger defense limited the Raiders to just 60 yards on 22 snaps for the remainder of the game.

Pennington’s first touchdown of the night came when Dustin Sivley scored on a seven-yard run early in the second quarter.

Stephens led the Tigers with 119 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Brandon Cole (10 carries) and Cody Duckett (six carries) had 39 yards each while Justin Philyaw had 29 yards on four attempts. Dustin Sivley added 21 yards and a touchdown on six carries.

Morton completed 6 of 10 through the air for 93 yards with one interception.

Justin Duncan caught three passes for 52 yards and Mitchell Doyle caught one pass for 34 yards.

Sivley led the Tiger defense with 16 tackles and a fumble recovery.

J.B. Pennington improved to 2-4 overall, 2-2 in 3A Region 7, while Good Hope fell to 1-5 overall, 0-4 in the region.