FAYETTE — An offseason of preparation paid off as the Mundy’s Mill Tigers went on the road Friday night and pounded the McIntosh Chiefs 40-7 in their season opener.
Following an inauspicious start where they were tackled in the backfield on the first two plays, the Tigers went to the skies on the third snap with Ryan Nobles airing it out over the top to Antoine Greene for 45 yards. Facing another 3rd and long, Nobles scrambled to move the chains, and Crushon Jackson capped off the opening possession with a two-yard touchdown. A missed extra point made it 6-0.
McIntosh was on the cusp of responding, taking the short kickoff out close to midfield and driving 51 yards.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they needed 52 to score, and the Tigers surged into the backfield on 4th and goal from the one to kill the drive.
They made the huge momentum play count on the next snap. Nobles hit Greene on a hitch, and he shook loose from a tackle and raced up the sideline for a 98-yard catch and run touchdown. A missed two-point attempt made it 12-0 after the first play of the second quarter.
The Tigers made it three touchdowns on three first-half drives when Raheem Gaines took a draw up the gut on 3rd and 9 and raced 68 yards to the house for a 19-0 lead.
McIntosh finally got on the board on the ensuing drive. Keyed by a 4th-down conversion on a Hayes Herzog-Andrew Villiger pass, the Chiefs drove deep into the Tiger territory. Matthew Allum rumbled into the end zone untouched from two yards out to cut the deficit to 19-7 heading into halftime.
Mundy’s Mill ended up comeback attempts. After the teams traded turnovers, Jaylen Grant took a receiver screen 42 yards for a score.
When a Chief drive stalled heading into the final frame, the long snap sailed over the punter’s head, and the Tigers smothered the last-ditch kick attempt.
Taking over on the five, Gaines punched it in on the on the next play for a 33-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff they put it out of reach as Tyraun Lane ripped the ball out of the return man’s hands and returned it for a touchdown and the final blow in the 40-7 rout.
The Tigers take aim at 2-0 at home versus Lovejoy this week.