Pigeon Forge Tigers off to a good start

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

 It was all about the Pigeon Forge Tigers’ success in a 71-0 season-opening trouncing of the Cosby Eagles on Friday night at Raymond Large Field.

And it wasn’t just about the success of scoring 10 touchdowns and a safety.

“We got to play a lot of people, and we got out of it without anybody getting hurt,” said second-year Pigeon Forge coach Scott Meadows following the shutout victory.

Meadows credited the work of his players for the impressive performance.

“We had a pretty rough offseason going into the preseason,” said Meadows. “We’ve been pretty tough on (the players) and I’ve got on them pretty good, but they’ve responded.

“Every day, they’ve come to work and done a good job. It was good to come out and play well in the season opener.”

And nobody played better for Pigeon Forge than running back Noah Whaley, who scored four touchdowns in the win, including the first three to take a commanding 23-0 lead in the opening frame.

“Noah is that blue-collar worker,” said Meadows. “He plays awfully hard, and he’s a heck of a leader. He’s only a junior, but he’s done a lot of great things for us. I look for more big things out of him.”

And with the early success comes an early reward in the form of an off week, something the Pigeon Forge coach appreciates as much as his players will.

“Number one, it’s Labor Day Weekend, and that’s always a little questionable (for getting prepared for a game),” said Meadows. “And with our tough offseason and preseason, we need to rest our bodies a little bit.”

But there will still be plenty of work during this break with a big district contest at Carter on the Sept. 5 horizon.

“It’s huge game,” said Meadows. “Pigeon Forge has never beaten Carter, and after this year it’s my understanding that we won’t be playing them anymore because the regions and classes (will be changing).

“It’s a big ball game for us, and we’re going to have to go out and play even better than we did (this past Friday) to come away with the win.”