Pigeon Forge earns second win of the year at Union County
Pigeon Forge evened its season record and picked up its first District 3-AA win of the season with a big 55-14 victory over Union County on Friday night at David Coppick Field.
“It feels great,” said first-year Pigeon Forge coach Scott Meadows. “Whenever we play the way we’re capable of playing, we’re a pretty good football team.”
The Tigers (2-2 overall, 1-1 District 3-AA) shot out of the gates for a 20-0 lead in the first quarter.
Senior receiver Chris Rasberry accounted for two of the three first-quarter TDs, including a 27-yard strike from junior Tanner Sharp on the third snap from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead after senior kicker Devin Boyd drilled the point-after kick.
Rasberry’s other score capped a five-play, 65-yard drive with a four-yard sweep right for a score with 37 seconds in the first, upping the Tiger lead to 20-0.
In between, junior Hayden Ownby took a quick hitter up the gut 33 yards to paydirt for a 14-0 lead with 7:33 left in the first. The score was set up by sophomore Andrew McCarter’s interception and nice return of a Josh Steele pass with 8:03 left in the first.
Sharp capped an eight-play, 49-yard drive with a one-yard QB sneak for a 27-0 Pigeon Forge lead with 8:46 left in the half.
But Union County (1-4 overall, 0-2 District 3-AA) got on the board when Blake Wallace broke free for a 49-yard TD run with 7:01 in the half, cutting the Pigeon Forge lead to 27-8 after Steele connected with Eli Turner for a two-point conversion.
But the Tigers responded immediately with a six-play, 50-yard drive capped by Sharp’s second TD run of the night. This one was on a designed sweep right from 16 yards out for a 34-8 lead with 4:20 until intermission.
But the Patriots scored with just six seconds on the clock to cut the Tiger lead to 34-14 at the break.
Steele connected on the scoring play with Turner, who made a great diving catch on a perfectly thrown ball despite flawless coverage by Pigeon Forge junior Kolby Black.
But that’s as good as it would get for Union County, as the Patriots were unable to carry the momentum over to the second half.
Sharp scored his third and fourth of the night for Pigeon Forge with a 14-yard run to make it 41-14 with 3:54 in the third, and with a seven-yard scamper with 1:41 in the third to make it 48-14.
And Pigeon Forge sophomore Noah Whaley made it the eventual 41-point final with a five-yard TD run with 10:24 left in regulation.
The Tigers next travel to Grainer, while Union County hosts Scott County next Friday night.