Tigers searching for complete game

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 10:57 AM

 The Pigeon Forge Tigers dropped to 1-2 after coming out flat against Cocke County (1-3) Friday night. The Tigers scored 27 unanswered points in the second half, but before that, they gave up 29 points, including a safety that provided the final margin of the game.

“We didn’t play a complete ball game tonight,” Coach Scott Meadows told his players after the game. “We didn’t play four quarters. We played two quarters and that’s not what we’re about.”

During the first half of the game, it appeared that the team was still off balance from the loss the previous week. The sidelines were almost lifeless, with no energy among the players. That began to change in the third quarter as the Tigers found some success on the field, but it came too late for some of the Tiger fans, who berated both the coaching staff and the game officials with equal enthusiasm.

The Tigers had a chance to send the game into overtime, on a two-point conversion play, but the pass was broken up, and now Pigeon Forge has to deal with a second tough loss. Making it even tougher is that this loss rests more on the Tigers’ performance than on the opponent’s.

But that might be the wake-up call the team needs to shake off the emotional doldrums and get back into the gameday mindset. Certainly, that is what Coach Meadows will be working toward. Next week, the Tigers visit the Union County Patriots (1-3) and Pigeon Forge will need to play a better game if it wants to come out of Maynardville with a win.