Tigers take control of 2-1A

Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM.

GRACEVILLE — The Vernon Yellow Jackets  were probably ready to fly home to their nest after the Graceville Tigers  manhandled them 49-6 on Friday.

The Yellow Jackets (1-6) were already trailing 35-0 at the half when Vernon fumbled the opening kick return in the end zone and a flock of Tigers landed on the ball, giving Graceville the first touchdown of the second half before the clock even ticked once, upping the Tigers’ lead to 42-0.

The Tigers (5-2) now improve to 3-0 in the 2-1A District.

Fifty-one seconds later, Tigers sophomore Jared Padgett was back in the end zone after picking off a Yellow Jackets’ pass at the 35 and running it into the end zone, giving the Graceville squad a commanding 49-point lead and invoking the continuous clock.

Graceville’s Toquille Franklin was perfect for the evening in kicking, making all seven of his point-after attempts.

The Tigers’ senior Rasheed Campbell was responsible for the Tigers’ first score of the evening, scampering 67-yards on the first play of the game to score, just 15 seconds into the opening quarter.

Campbell also intercepted a Vernon pass inside the Yellow Jacket 20 and returned it to score, giving the Tigers a 14-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

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