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Tigers even district mark with 27-14 win

Caleb Cox sets up to pass in the first quarter.

Caleb Cox sets up to pass in the first quarter.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Cody Miller caught two touchdown passes, while Isaiah Johnson returned a kickoff 77 yards for another score to help the Union County High School football team defeat host Newberry for a 27-14 District 7-1A win on Oct. 17.

Quarterback Caleb Cox, who completed 9-of-14 passes for 171 yards, ran for a 2-yard score as the Tigers (4-2) evened their district record at 1-1. It was a huge win in staying in the hunt for a playoff berth considering Newberry (4-4) brought a 2-0 district record into the game.

“Like I told the kids before the game, we’re under the gun,” Union head coach Ronny Pruitt said. “If (Newberry) would’ve won, they were in (the playoffs). We’ve got to win every week.”

Miller did his part to get the win over the Panthers, catching three passes for 110 yards, with touchdown receptions of 29 and 64 yards.

Johnson’s kickoff return for a touchdown came after Newberry tied the score at 7-all.

“That was big for us at that time,” Pruitt said.

Johnson and Antwan Durn led the Tigers in rushing with 59 and 58 yards, respectively.

Union’s defense came up big, preventing the Panthers from scoring on four trips inside the Union 40-yard line. One of those empty trips was inside the 20-yard line.

The Tigers led 27-7 before Newberry added another score with 2:41 remaining in the game.

The Tigers host district opponent Chiefland on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Antwan Durn (second from left) carries the ball for the Tigers. Also pictured (far left) is Brenan Clyatt.

Antwan Durn (second from left) carries the ball for the Tigers. Also pictured (far left) is Brenan Clyatt.


Union quarterback Caleb Cox throws a pass to Isaiah Johnson (foreground).

Union quarterback Caleb Cox throws a pass to Isaiah Johnson (foreground).

Dairon Alexander (second from right) carries the ball in the third quarter.

Dairon Alexander (second from right) carries the ball in the third quarter.

Union wide receiver Cody Miller runs between two Newberry defenders after catching a pass.

Union wide receiver Cody Miller runs between two Newberry defenders after catching a pass.

Cody Miller stands all by himself at the 5-yard line as he catches what would be the Tigers’ first touchdown.

Cody Miller stands all by himself at the 5-yard line as he catches what would be the Tigers’ first touchdown.

Alden McClellon (right) wraps up Newberry running back Jason Franklin.

Alden McClellon (right) wraps up Newberry running back Jason Franklin.

Union’s Zak Lee (left) prepares to catch a pass.

Union’s Zak Lee (left) prepares to catch a pass.

Zak Lee (left) catches a pass for the Tigers in the second half.

Zak Lee (left) catches a pass for the Tigers in the second half.

Union’s Isaiah Johnson (right) carries the ball.

Union’s Isaiah Johnson (right) carries the ball.

Treyce Hersey (far left) tackles a Newberry player. Jacquez Warren is also pictured.

Treyce Hersey (far left) tackles a Newberry player. Jacquez Warren is also pictured.

Josh Hedman (far left) and Alden McClellon (far right) attempt to slow down Newberry’s Jason Franklin.

Josh Hedman (far left) and Alden McClellon (far right) attempt to slow down Newberry’s Jason Franklin.

Josh Hedman upends Newberry running back Jason Franklin on what would be a lateral and fumble eventually recovered by Newberry.

Josh Hedman upends Newberry running back Jason Franklin on what would be a lateral and fumble eventually recovered by Newberry.

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