Mundy’s Mill quarterback Rodricous Gates tries to scramble for some yardage in the second quarter of the Tigers game against McIntosh on Friday at Twelve Oaks Stadium. (Special Photo: Jerry Jackson)
HAMPTON - Everything seemed to be going Mundy’s Mill way in the second quarter of its game against McIntosh on Friday.
But then the troubles began in the third quarter.
The winless Tigers would lose control of the game en route to a 28-27 defeat against McIntosh at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
McIntosh would score 21 second half points as the Tigers struggled to regain their offense and make defensive adjustments.
The Tigers were cruising in the first half as they built a 21-7 halftime lead as they rolled up 242 yards of offense while holding McIntosh to only 52. Mundy’s Mill running back Rodney Smith was on his way to his second straight 100-yard plus game.
But in the second half, the Mundy’s Mill headsets stopped working, and didn’t have any communication with the coaches in the pressbox.
“We weren’t able to make any adjustments,” Mundy’s Mill offensive coordinator Patrick Smith said. “They made the adjustments.”
McIntosh quarterback Andrew Johnson accounted for all four of the Chiefs touchdowns - two on the ground and other two through the air.
But at the end, Mundy’s Mill had a chance to send the game into overtime.
Down 28-21 late in the fourth quarter, Eric Tate caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rodricous Gates with 1:03 remaining. The Tigers extra-point attempt was blocked, which gave McIntosh a 28-27 lead.
Mundy’s Mill appeared to have recovered an onside kick, but was called for an illegal procedure penalty on the play for touching the ball before it went at least 10 yards.
From there, McIntosh was able to run out the clock to improve to 5-0 heading into the subregion portion of its schedule.
“My boys played hard,” Mundy’s Mill coach Greg Manior said. “They played well. I’m pleased at the way they were able to respond once we got down. They showed a lot of fight.”
For the second straight season, Mundy’s Mill will enter its subregion schedule with an 0-4 record. The Tigers open their subregion schedule next week against winless Mount Zion.
“Now we have to run the table to get in the playoffs,” Manior said. “McIntosh is a good football team. It was one of those things where we didn’t play well in the second half. Overall, I’m plased with my team’s effort.”
The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter before McIntosh drew first blood. Johnson zipped up the middle untouched on an 66-yard scoring run for a 7-0 lead with 11:41 remaining in the opening half.
That lead was short-lived as Rodney Smith would score on the esuing possession with an 80-yard run with 11:26 remaining to tie the game at 7-all.
Smith would score again on an 11-yard run for a 14-7 Mundy’s Mill lead with 6:23 remaining in the quarter. The scoring run was setup by an interception from Dana Brown at McIntosh’s 49.
The Tigers would extend the lead to 21-7 when Tate caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Gates with 1:29 remaining in the half.
“We did some things well in the game,” Patrick Smith said. “We just half to get ready for the next game.”