Tigers even district mark with 27-14 win
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
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.