FOOTBALL: Following dominating win, Tigers look for higher playoff seed




Last Friday the Tigers traveled to Bella Vista High School and defeated the Broncos 57-0. The win was a commanding one for the Tigers, who scored 50 points in the first half, and the second shutout of the year for the Tigers, who also shutout the Chico Cougars to open up the season. According to senior offensive lineman Nick Tucker, this win was important to get the team back on track.

“We had a really good week of practice and I think that’s what helped us in the game,” Tucker said. “We really needed this one coming off that loss to Antelope, and I think this helped us get back on track.”

The win not only got the team back on track; it clinched a playoff spot for the Tigers. From here out the Tigers will be playing for better seeding in the playoffs. Tucker feels that home field advantage would be very important in the postseason and says that the Tigers will not take the foot of the gas pedal.

“We want to play a playoff game at home,” Tucker said. “A couple of us played on the playoff team two years ago, and we know how tough it is to go on the road and play a playoff game.”

With the Bella Vista game now in the rear view mirror, the Tigers will shift their focus to the Whitney Wildcats. The Wildcats are tied for first place with the Antelope Titans and undefeated in the Central Valley Conference.

The Wildcats have been impressive thus far on both sides of the ball. On offense, they have been scoring at a good clip, scoring 44 points per game. They are led on offense by junior wide receiver Justin Kraft. Kraft has averaged 131 yards per game and has scored at least one touchdown a game. Willie Brocchini has also been a good receiver for the Wildcats, who has hauled in six touchdowns this year.

On defense, the Wildcats are led by defensive back Maxwell Williams. Williams averages 10 tackles a game, has forced two interceptions thus far, and has seven pass break ups.

This is another big game for the Tigers who will try to move back into a first place tie with a win.