Tigers still believe after second loss

Ron Borges

Injuries before and during the game hurt the Dunsmuir Tigers football team Friday   as they dropped their second straight  game, this time to the Greenville Indians, 36-26.

“No one should doubt just how good this Tiger team is,” Dunsmuir coach Steve Van Ert said after the game.

The Tigers were without Cory Knowles for the second straight week. During the game they lost both quarterbacks, LT Hisey and Nate Gonzales. As they say, “Any Given Sunday,” or in this case, Friday.

Gonzales got the game started for his team, running 52 yards on a fourth and one for the touchdown. Greenville would answer with a long pass.

Once again facing a fourth down, Gonzales found Erin Kirch wide open for the conversion. Two plays later, Kirch would score on a 10 yard scamper.

Zach Bartoo’s interception on the Indians next drive would be for not as they were forced to punt three plays later. Greenville took the lead three plays later, 14-12.

Bartoo had 13 tackles.

Kirch made an incredible one-handed catch on the ensuing drive and then took it in on the ground, giving the lead back to the Tigers. He finished with 137 yards rushing and 33 receiving.

Greenville came right back and scored on the first play of their next drive and again after stopping Dunsmuir.

LT Hisey was injured with just three minutes left in the half after a hard hit by the Indians. The teams went into the break with the score 30-20, Greenville.

The tiger’s offense kicked it into gear on the opening drive of the half with a 6 yard touchdown by Gonzales.

Dunsmuir would kick the ball out of bound twice and Greenville declined the penalties to force two re-kicks. On the third try, Greenville took the ball 62 yards for their final score.

Gonzales led his team down the field before being knocked out with a shoulder injury. He left the game rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

With no third string quarterback ready, Colton Sordahl and Kirch took the lead.

They would march down to the seven yard line, but the Indians defense tightened up, stopping the score.

Bartoo stripped the ball on the next Greenville drive and Jacob Mekeel recovered. The Tigers still couldn’t move the offense. Mekeel racked up eight tackles and a sack.

The defenses would stop each other the rest of the game, giving the Tigers their second straight loss.

Matt Norton continues to lead the team in tackles with 18. His brother, Barry Norton, had 12.

Josh Silver had 11, Justin Shuler added nine tackles and a sack. Kirch had eight.

The Tigers play their final home game on Saturday against Champion Christian. The two losses will hurt the Tigers seeding in the playoffs.