J.D. Taylor, Tatum Defense Too Much for Arp, 21-6, in Season-Opener
[By Robert Galloway, Special to ETSN.fm]
ARP -- The Tatum Eagles scored twice in the second quarter and then held off a determined Arp team to come away with a 21-6 victory on Friday night at Bill Herrington Tiger Stadium.
After a scoreless first quarter the Eagles (1-0) got things rolling in the second. Following a Klifton Willis interception and 13-yard return, the Eagles were in business at the Arp (0-1) 47. Five plays later the Eagles hit paydirt when quarterback J.D. Taylor connected with Devon Boyd from 13 yards out for the score. Dusty Richardson added the PAT and the Eagles were up 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff the Eagles' Chaston Brooks recovered an Arp fumble at the 18. Two plays later Brooks took it 6 yards for the score, and with Richardson's PAT, the Eagles led 14-0.
The Arp Tigers got on the scoreboard as the clock ran out in the second quarter when Marcalas Johnson capped an eight-play, 62-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers kept the ball and limited Tatum to 17 plays in the second half. Following a late defensive stop deep in Tigers territory in the fourth quarter, the Eagles took over at the Tigers 30. Two plays later Taylor took the ball 24 yards for a touchdown.
The Tigers were playing short handed as QB Chase Bonner sat out the contest with an injury from a pre-season scrimmage. Johnson paced the Arp attack rushing out of its Wildcat formation.