Pigeon Forge comes up short again

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 01:40 AM

 A dropped pass on a two point conversion ended the Pigeon Forge Tigers’ comeback attempt as they lost another close one, this time falling to Cocke County 29-27. A safety against the Tigers proved to be the margin of the game.

On their first possession of the second half, Cocke County drove the ball all the way to the Tiger 1-yard line, where Devin Dykes caused and recovered a fumble. On Pigeon Forge’s first play, following a delay of game penalty, the Tigers were tackled in the end zone, giving up two points.

It was a case of too little and way too late as the Tigers spotted Cocke County 29 points over the first two and a half quarters. The Pigeon Forge offense was out of sync for much of the night, and the defense had no success getting any pressure on the quarterback.

With just over four minutes to go in the third, the Tigers ripped off 14 points in four minutes to cut the deficit almost in half by the start of the fourth quarter, 29-14. Quarterback Tanner Sharp engineered a 52-yard scoring drive on the legs of Chris Rasberry, and Chase Effler added another TD after Kolby Black hauled in an interception to give the Tigers excellent field position.

Pigeon Forge scored twice more in the fourth quarter. Effler ran it in from 26 yards out after Andrew McCarter hauled in an interception. Then, three minutes later, with 1:45 left in the game, Rasberry made his second trip into the end zone.

Down by two, the Tigers tried for the tie and overtime, but the ball was knocked through the hands of Colton Bryan by a Cocke County defender, and the comeback was over.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Tigers cemented the win for Cocke County.

After the game, coach Scott Meadows didn’t have much to say.

I don’t know what team that was for two and a half quarters until we decided to play. We dug ourselves too deep of a hole,” he said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

He had more to say to the team, challenging them to decide if they wanted to be successful, and if they wanted to do what it takes to be successful.

It’s gut check time now,” he said. “This is your gut check.”

The Tigers take on Union County next week.