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Tigers slay the Dragons
Key district win gives Tigers 7-0 record
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DCHS quarterback Lucas Phillips (18) and offensive lineman Gage Brown (50), along with an another team player, jump up in celebration after Phillips scored the first touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run Friday night. The Tigers improved to 7-0 after the victory. - photo by Photo by Judith Hale
In front of Nashville’s media, the Tigers put on a show with a 47-19 stab in the heart of the Purple Dragons from rival York Institute.In a game that pitted two unbeaten teams, the Tigers and Purple Dragons played a close game in the first quarter, with the Tigers leading 14-13 at the buzzer.Once the second quarter began, the Tigers went on a 33-6 run behind big plays on offense, defense and special teams.On the opening drive of the game, the Purple Dragons’ quarterback Brannon McNellis threw the football, and Tigers’ senior safety Chris Chapman intercepted the pass, returning it to York’s 30-yard line.With the short field, the Tigers’ offense punched the ball into the end zone after just four plays when quarterback Lucas Phillips lunged into the end zone on a quarterback draw play. Senior kicker Ben Driver’s PAT was good, giving the Tigers an early lead of 7-0 at the 6:36 mark of the first quarter.The Purple Dragons wasted little time as they were celebrating a one-yard touchdown run six plays later by Lance Crockett. With only 2:34 remaining in the first quarter, the Purple Dragons’ PAT was good, tying the game at 7.On the Tigers’ ensuing drive, Phillips would find receiver Will Molander on two straight completions covering 58-yards.