DeQuincy wins Big Cat Classic

By Mike Suchanek

The DeQuincy Tigers and the Vinton Lions renewed their rivalry this past Friday night with a very exciting down to the last minute clash between two teams that have always battled each other tough. The Tigers came out on top of this one with a 41-34 victory.

Taije Ceaser once again was the workhorse for the home standing Tigers scoring 3 touchdowns on 25 carries for a game high 222 yards. Taije also led the team in receiving hauling in 3 receptions for 77 yards.

Vinton got the scoring started in the first quarter taking the quick 6-0 lead, however DeQuincy bounced right back with a Hudson Snyder 5 yard touchdown run. After the Kohen Cormier kick the Tigers took the lead 7-6. However the lead was short lived as Vinton roared back to score on a 7 yard run to take the 12-7 lead after the first quarter.

Taije Ceaser scored the only points in the second quarter for either team as the tigers took the 14-12 half time lead on his 1 yard touchdown run. Cormier added the extra point.

The third quarter was a high scoring frame as there were 4 touchdowns scored. Taije Ceaser added 2 touchdowns in the period, a one yard touchdown and a 10 yard touchdown run. The Tigers went for 2 after both touchdowns, however both were unsuccessful. Vinton took the lead after the third quarter 28-26.

Taije Ceaser added his 4th touchdown of the night on a 2 yard reception to give the Tigers the 34-28 lead. Vinton knotted things up at 34 with a long 57 yard pass and run.

DeQuincy would not be denied this victory as they drove down the field and quarterback Reese Ashworth scored on a 3 yard scamper into the end zone on a sweep around the right end to just get into the front corner of the End zone to give the Tigers the winning score of 41-34. The defense held the Lions down the last minute to secure the victory.
Hudson Synder had 97 yards rushing on 18 carries and Reese Ashworth added 47 yards on 9 carries.

Gavin Gary had 8 yards receiving and Quentin Pharris had 5 yards receiving both on 1 reception.

Quarterback Reese Ashworth was 5 for 10 passing with 90 yards.

The defense was lead once again by Zach Chambers with 4 solo and 5 assisted tackles. Shiloh Cotlong came out of the game with the same defensive effort of 4 solo and 5 assisted tackles. Gavin Gary had 3 solo and 1 assisted tackles. Eathan Guidry had 2 solo and 1 assisted, Kaleb Hooker had 2 solo tackles, Hudson Synder had 1 solo and 6 assisted tackles. Quentin Pharis and Mario Dixon each added one tackle.

Next up for the Tigers is the league leading Rosepine Eagles. This is the final game of the season before the playoffs start next weekend. The Tigers are playing for a share of the District Championship. The game will be held in Rosepine this Friday night at 7. Let’s come out and pack the stands.

Go Tigers!