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Tigers battle Hamilton County for 35-6 win, though Trojans score first [UPDATES & CORRECTION]

Early in the third quarter Union County's Zach Lee caught a pass from Caleb Cox at ground level. Later in the third he was transported off the field for what is most likely a strained neck muscle after being hit by two Trojans.

Early in the third quarter Union County’s Zach Lee caught a pass from Caleb Cox at ground level. Later in the third he was transported off the field for what is most likely a strained neck muscle after being hit by two Trojans.

BY VINCENT ALEX BROWN
Times Editor

The Hamilton County Trojans have the distinction of being the first team this season to 1) keep the Union County Tigers from scoring in the first quarter and 2) score first.

However, that’s all the Tigers would allow as they answered with a score and made their extra point to take back the game before halftime, 7-6.

The second half revealed a maturing Tigers team who dominated to win the game, 35-6—that and thanks to a few adjustments to deal with a five upfront defense Hamilton County threw at Union County during the first half. Also, a couple fumbles didn’t help the Tigers either.

“I told you that was going to be a fight,” head football coach Ronny Pruitt told his team after the game. “That’s the first second half that you’ve come back out and set the tone and never let them up above water. So you get them under and that’s where you’ve got to hold them.

“That’s the first second half you that you’ve come out and really turned it on. So give yourself a hand there.”

The Trojans were probably glad the game ended so they could finally come up for air.

The game was delayed a bit late in the third quarter when the Tigers’ Zach Lee was hit hard by two Trojans. He was taken off on a backboard and stretcher, but fortunately the injury is most likely just a strained neck muscle. We’ll provide an update once more information is released.

UPDATE: Zach Lee’s injury was a bruised neck. Pruitt said Lee is “doing good.”

UPDATE #2: Zach Lee was back on the field to play against Dixie County High School on Oct. 4.

CORRECTION: The West Nassau High School Warriors actually shut out the Tigers for the first three quarters on Sept. 6. The Tigers rallied by back in the fourth to win, 13-10.

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