Tuscola football’s 2019 season ended in defeat Friday night, as the team fell 34-7 at Erwin.
For the second week in a row, the Mountaineers did not score a point on offense, as the team’s only score came on a pick-six by Coleman Bryson early in the first quarter. After a good start for Tuscola’s defense, the Warriors wore them down with several quick scoring drives, led by some big throws by quarterback Jared Penland and three rushing touchdowns by Monty Williams.
Tuscola finishes the season at 4-7 overall and 4-4 in the WMAC Conference, likely leaving the Mountaineers out of the playoff picture.
The Mountaineers struck first about three minutes in courtesy of their defense; Bryson picked off Penland, found green grass on the sideline and took it 65 yards to the crib to put Tuscola up 7-0.
After forcing an Erwin three and out, Tuscola received excellent field position off a shanked punt and unnecessary roughness penalty on the return. The Mounties were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal attempt, however; and the kick was no good in the frigid conditions.
Tuscola’s next possession ended in disaster, as the Warriors recovered a fumble off a bad snap at the Mountaineers’ 8-yard line. Erwin cashed in on fourth and goal from the 7, as Penland found tight end Tristan Brank for an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone, but Tuscola maintained the lead at 7-6 as Nick Helsel blocked the extra point.
After Tuscola turned the ball over on downs; Erwin marched down the field and took a 12-7 lead on a 13-yard run by Monty Williams as the two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Warriors’ offense made a statement on the first possession of the second half, with a three-minute-and-change scoring drive capped off by another touchdown run from Williams and successful two-point conversion putting Erwin up 20-7.
Another methodical drive by Erwin was capped off by another Williams score early in the fourth quarter, putting the Warriors up 27-7. After a failed fake punt by the Mountaineers, Erwin tacked on another touchdown to go up 34-7 and cap the scoring with 10:02 to play.
Check Monday’s Mountaineer for a full recap.