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Tigers defeat Crescent City 55-0 to advance

Backup quarterback Ty Cook (left) hands off to Dairon Alexander.

Backup quarterback Ty Cook (left) hands off to Dairon Alexander.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Union County head coach Ronny Pruitt was a little worried about how his team would play in its first playoff game, knowing that the goal was to get another shot at Dixie County, which eliminated the Tigers in last year’s Region 4-1A championship game.

There proved to be nothing to worry about, as the Tigers took care of business, rolling to a 55-0 win over host Crescent City in a Nov. 14 regional semifinal game.

Now, Union (9-2) will travel to Cross City to play Dixie County on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Bears (11-0) recorded their own big win to open the playoffs, defeating Pierson Taylor 40-9.

“We all wanted to get back there,” Pruitt said, referring to Dixie County, “but you can’t overlook a team. We got things going for us, and once they got going, it just kind of started rolling.

“Our primary goal was to get back to Dixie County and try to get another shot at them. I’m proud of the kids for what they’ve done to make that happen.”

What happened was a defensive effort that held the Raiders (7-4) to 68 yards, while on offense, quarterback Caleb Cox completed 13-of-24 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns.

The Tigers built a 48-0 first-half lead, resulting in a running clock in the second half.

Zak Lee caught three passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns, while Isaiah Johnson had six catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns.

Antwan Durn rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while Dairon Alexander rushed for two scores.

James Ford intercepted a pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.

Shamar Highland recovered a fumble, while Darion Robinson recovered a muffed kick to open the second half.

Dairon Alexander (center) and Dawson Tyler (far right) give chase to Crescent City quarterback Ryne Beasley.

Dairon Alexander (center) and Dawson Tyler (far right) give chase to Crescent City quarterback Ryne Beasley.


Dairon Alexander (center) and Dawson Tyler (far right) give chase to Crescent City quarterback Ryne Beasley.

Dairon Alexander (center) and Dawson Tyler (far right) give chase to Crescent City quarterback Ryne Beasley.


Union County’s Alden McClellon (right) pulls down a Crescent City player on a kickoff return.

Union County’s Alden McClellon (right) pulls down a Crescent City player on a kickoff return.

Isaiah Johnson (left) catches a touchdown pass for the Tigers in the second quarter.

Isaiah Johnson (left) catches a touchdown pass for the Tigers in the second quarter.

Union County’s Isaiah Johnson (foreground) runs after making a catch.

Union County’s Isaiah Johnson (foreground) runs after making a catch.

This pass from Ty Cook to Matthew Jobin (left) in the end zone is just out of reach.

This pass from Ty Cook to Matthew Jobin (left) in the end zone is just out of reach.

James Ford (right) is pictured just before he intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown.

James Ford (right) is pictured just before he intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown.

Union County running back Antwan Durn (far left) carries the ball, with Tyler McDavid (center) and Andrew Peterson blocking a clear path.

Union County running back Antwan Durn (far left) carries the ball, with Tyler McDavid (center) and Andrew Peterson blocking a clear path.

Quarterback Caleb Cox (far right) gets tackled after scrambling out of the pocket.

Quarterback Caleb Cox (far right) gets tackled after scrambling out of the pocket.

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