Tigers claw back before late turnover
At the end, after the Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers had committed its third turnover of the game - an interception that killed a last-ditch rally - head coach Glynn Darby looked on with frustration as his offense returned to the sideline.
Allendale-Fairfax High lost 41-24 to archrival Wade Hampton Friday night in the Tigers’ Den.
It was a contest that saw the Tigers fight back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter. The Tigers actually had a chance to narrow the lead to four points with 3:29 left to play before the late turnover.
For Darby, it was the way his team lost the game that was the bitter pill to swallow.
“The effort was there, but we made way too mistakes and committed turnovers at crucial times of the game,” Darby said. “We’ve just got to cut down on mental mistakes. Offensively, we moved the ball well down the field, then we put the ball on the ground. We can’t afford to do that against a talented team like Wade Hampton and expect to win.”
The Tigers were able to put up some impressive numbers offensively despite their flaws on the unit.
The team finished with nearly 360 yards of offense, led by Demoray Devoe who accounted for 175 all-purpose yards.
Doe came in at quarterback midway in the fourth quarter in the fourth quarter and led the Tigers on a 61-yard scoring drive. He completed the seven-play march with a one-yard run.
“Demoray Devoe is one heck of an athlete,” Darby said. “He’s really stepped up for our team on both sides of the ball this season.”
Another player who stood out for the Tigers was Frank Oliver. Oliver, who left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter, ran for a touchdown and passed for another.
Others shining on the unit included Jamall Elmore, who hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Sadrein Johnson also had several big receptions.
“We’ve been hit with a few injuries to key players in the last couple of weeks,” Darby said. “Despite all the setbacks, this team continues to play hard. We got behind against Hampton, but we never gave up. These kids fought to the end.”
The loss evens Allendale-Fairfax High’s record at 1-1 in the standings.