The LMS Tigers celebrated their homecoming with a 48-28 win over Fayetteville Junior High Tuesday night following ceremonies to crown the 2006 LMS Homecoming Queen, Katelin Bailey.
Coming off a win over rival, Spring Hill, the Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season with a great offensive and defensive stand against the Tigers of Fayetteville.
After stuffing Fayetteville for no yards on the game's first possession, LMS took the football 46 yards for a score when QB Kedren Johnson hit Broderick Tears for a 14-yard strike. Shane Hendrix carried over the two-point play and the Tigers led quickly 8-0.
Fayetteville answered on their next possession just before the end of the first as Montel Parks broke loose around the outside for a 58-yard touchdown run. The two-point try failed to keep the Tigers on top 8-6. It would never be that close again.
LMS opened the second quarter with a 57-yard touchdown race down the sideline by Dylan Kilpatrick who posted his fourth touchdown in the past two games. Jamie Greer added the two-point play and the Tigers were out in front 16-6.
On the very next possession, Johnson tossed another strike to Tears for a 38-yard touchdown but the try for two failed to make it 22-6. Johnson ended his big night passing with a 52-yard bomb to Trevor Carter who outran the Fayetteville defense for the score. After tossing for three touchdowns, Johnson moved out to receiver and hauled in a pass from QB Cody Vernon for 32-yards and the final Tiger score of the half and a 34-6 lead.
LMS Coach Jeff Morton went to his bench to start the second half and got a good look at his young QB Cody Vernon who pitched out a 30-yard scoring strike to split end Jack Whaley. Whaley broke a couple of would-be tacklers to the end zone and Zach Lynch booted through the extra to make it a 41-6 contest.
Parks did all the scoring for Fayetteville on the night and followed with a 59-yard kickoff return for a score to cut the lead to 41-12. The score held until the start of the fourth when Dominic Matthews ran in a touchdown from 13 yards out followed by the extra point kick by Demarion Pigg. Matthews actually ran in three scores but two long runs were called back on penalties.
Trailing 48-12, Fayetteville's Parks ended the game with two more scores of 45 yards and 15 yards to make the final, 48-28.
Known for their ground game, the Tigers actually excelled through the air against Fayetteville. Johnson finished three of four passing for 104 yards and three touchdowns as Vernon finished three of six passing for 101 yards and two scores. Johnson was also the leading receiver in the game with two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown followed by Tears with two catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Carter caught one for a 52-yard touch and Whaley caught one for 30 yards and a score.
Eleven Tigers carried the football against Fayetteville to finish with 21 carries for 113 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Kilpatrick led with one carry for 57 yards and a touchdown followed by Matthews with four carries for 31 yards and a score. Hendrix and Greer had 19 yards and 16 yards respectively and both carried over a two-pointer.
The Tigers out-gained Fayetteville 318 yards to 140 yards of total offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kilpatrick led the charge with 6 stops including a sack. Josh Wright finished with 5 tackles and a blocked punt followed by Hendrix with 4 tackles. Andrew DeLeon and Timmy Jones each had three stops including a sack by Jones as Ashton Darnell recorded two tackles and a fumble recovery.
"I thought we played well at times tonight but we are going to have to give a better effort next week," said Coach Morton. "Springfield will match up with us with talent and athleticism. We have to be ready to play."
The Tigers close out their season on the road beginning with a visit to Springfield Tuesday with the kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.