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Turnovers hold Red Devils down on Senior Night

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By Steve Jarboe

The first two Red Devil possessions on Friday night proved to be all the visiting Union County Tigers needed as the team jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead over the Red Devils.

Two possessions and two straight pass interceptions by the Tigers played a big roll in halting any upset thoughts the Red Devils had. The Red Devil offense then began to click as they took the ball down to the Tigers five yard line with 58 seconds left in the first quarter. First and goal at the five yard line, the Red Devils added to their hopes as the team fumbled the football that was recovered by the Tigers. With 45 seconds left in the first quarter, the Tigers' Prince Alexander ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run. The PAT lifted the Tigers to a 21-0 lead over the stunned Red Devils. 

The Red Devils began another drive after forcing a Tiger punt with just over four minutes left in the first half.  The Red Devils moved the ball to mid-field where players fumbled the ball again, making it the team's fourth turnover of the first half.  

The Red Devil defense stiffened and held the Tigers to a four and out. The Red Devils took over at their own 40 yard line. Following a fake punt and a run by Tad Donald down to the Tigers' eight yard line, the Red Devils players were again on the move. A pass from Stephen Cochlin to Damien Strange in the end zone put the ball half the distance on the four yard line. One run and two incomplete passes put the Red Devils in a fourth and one at the 1 yard line. The Tigers held and took over on downs as the clock ran down to zero, ending the first half as the Union County Tigers held a 21-0 lead.

The Tigers took the second half kickoff and started running the clock as the team drove down the field scoring touchdown, after taking six minutes off the clock. The PAT was well short as the Tigers held a 27-0 lead.The Red Devils again were on the move as Strange returned the kickoff 60 yards to the Tigers' 33 yard line. Donald went to the 12 yard line, then to the one yard line, and then Donald went in for the Red Devil touchdown. The PAT was no good and the score was 27-6.

Cochlin recovered the Tigers' first fumble of the game to stop the Tigers' drive. Quarterback David Heinkel then ripped off a 65-yard run down to the Tigers 11 yard line. On a fourth down, Heinkel hit Tyus Williams over the middle for the touchdown. Again the PAT was missed, and the score was Union County 27, Red Devils 12. 

The Tigers took the ensuing kickoff and answered with another drive for a touchdown. The PAT was no good, as the Tigers held a 33-12 lead. Neither team could add to their score as time ran out in the game.

 Union County, 7-0, continues to be tied with Trenton atop the 1A Rural district. The Red Devils drop to 2-6 with two games remaining. Dixie County and Dunnellon are both away games. Next Friday's game is in Dixie County at 7:30 p.m.