Tigers experience first loss, fall to Hamilton County, 21-31
BY VINCENT ALEX BROWN
The Union County High School football team lost to Hamilton County, 21-31, after blowing out their first four opponents of the season. The Tigers shot themselves in the foot thanks to missteps by special teams, especially with problems returning kicks, and the offense, which had trouble airing the ball. The result was eight turnovers (if you count the last one after the final buzzer), with two touchdowns off them making the difference.
Last week, head coach Ronny Pruitt warned his team that they were “fixin’ to get into the fire,” and the Tigers got burned from the first play.
The silver lining in all this comes from a stellar performance by the defense. Though not perfect, they often shut down the Trojans, easily giving the offense a chance to score, which it obviously failed to do.
Perhaps the only other consolation is that this was not a district game. The Tigers face that next week when they host the Dixie County Bears, who mauled the Tigers twice last season. The boys in Lake Butler have their work cut out for them to prepare for their biggest battle yet on the gridiron. Perhaps this week’s loss will steel them for the fight and give them the focus they need — now more than ever.