A-F Tigers can’t shake mistakes in loss to North Charleston

Coming off a bye week and two straight losses, the Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers were looking to turn their luck around Friday night in North Charleston.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, that didn’t happened. Plagued by mistakes and turnovers, the Tigers fell to the Cougars of North Charleston High by a score of 42-20.

The Tigers had their moments against the Cougars particularly in the first half when the team had nearly 150 yards of total offense and trailed just 14-12.

From that point on things got out of hand. The Cougars quickly pulled away from the Tigers with a 30-6 scoring edge.

With the loss, Allendale-Fairfax High falls to 1-3 in the standings.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Glynn Darby said the team played well, but just made too many mistakes.

“We got off to a good start in the game, then we kind of fell apart due to turnovers and mistakes,” Darby said.

A lot of Allendale-Fairfax High’s downfalls in the game were self-inflicted. The Tigers basically gave the Cougars 21 points with all three of their turnovers resulting in touchdowns for the Cougars.

Offensively, the Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove inside the Cougars’ 10-yard line only to have the drive end with a turnover.

That would be one of many turnovers and mistakes the Tigers would commit throughout the game.

Despite the first half miscues, the Tigers managed to keep the game close behind the plays of Qua Cohen, Frank Oliver, Johnson and Derrick Youmans.

In the second quarter, Qua Cohen answered a touchdown by North Charleston by returning the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-12.

Derrick Youmans, who had 118 yards rushing, tied the game at 6-6 with a seven-yard run in the first quarter.

Despite being pressured most of the game, quarterback Frank Oliver finished with 169 all-purpose yards, including 90 passing.

Bryshon Johnson, whose good block sprung Youmans on his touchdown run, also scored on a touchdown run in the third quarter.

“We have to find a way to stop beating ourselves with mistakes. We were in the game at halftime then it kind of slipped away in the second half because of mistakes and turnovers,” Darby said.