2017-09-13 / Sports

Tigers dominate in first win

Offense torches Eagles
BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


CPS running back Tyler Mitchell bursts through the line for yardage in Friday night’s win over Caseville. CPS running back Tyler Mitchell bursts through the line for yardage in Friday night’s win over Caseville. SANILAC TWP. – After a rough start to the season, the CPS Tigers exploded on offense and improved, defensively, to pick up their first win in NCTL play on Friday night.

The Tigers rolled over Caseville, 54-12, to improve to 1-1 in the Stripes Division and 1-2 overall.

After trailing Caseville (0-2, 0-3) early, the Tigers rattled off four straight touchdowns to blow open a, 32-6, lead by halftime to take full control.

“Offensively, we’ve been playing well all year, but we haven’t hung on to the ball,” explained Joe Rickett, CPS head coach.

He added, “The kids really had a good week of practice. We focused on some of the things that we felt were holding us back, and it showed.” The Tigers took a lead for good, 8-6, in the first quarter on a 22-yard touchdown run by Quentin Hooper and a Hooper pass to Zack Baysdell.


CPS’s Lee Raetz (right) runs down a Caseville back in the NCTL football game on Friday night. 
Photos by Dale Ball CPS’s Lee Raetz (right) runs down a Caseville back in the NCTL football game on Friday night. Photos by Dale Ball Three touchdowns by a trio of other Tigers made it a 26-point lead at the break. Baysdell scored on an eight-yard run, speedy back Mike Cooney followed with a 12-yard scamper and junior Tyler Mitchell added an 11-yard score. CPS converted on all two-point plays following the three TDs.

Cooney scored again, on a 22-yard run, to open the third quarter and helped push the lead to 40-6. Later in the half, the Tigers had TD runs of two yards from Austin Kelly and six yards from Payton Mooney.

Cooney led the CPS rushing game with 98 yards on just eight carries.

“Cooney’s back from a groin strain now. He can get into open spaces,” pointed out Rickett.

Hooper was next in the ground attack with 78 yards while Baysdell added 66, and Mooney had 53 yards.

Caseville was limited to 127 yards rushing and 10 yards passing by the Tiger defense.

“I’m really proud of the way we bounced back after those first two games and made a commitment to get better,” noted Rickett.

CPS will have an important game in Stripes play this Friday night when they host rival Peck (1-1, 1-2).

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