The Thrall Tiger defense held Rosebud-Lott to 104 yards of total offense and intercepted four Cougar passes Friday night in route to a 25-6 win in their district opener. Braden Howell, Colter Hill, Dallas Meiske, and Cayden Watson each picked off a Rosebud-Lott pass that stifled the Cougar offense.
Thrall got on the board first following a failed fake punt attempt. The Tigers took over at the Cougar 39 and used the potent one-two punch of Tyreke Irvin and Meiske to drive down the field. Irvin got the final call, bulling over the goal line from four yards out with 5:07 to play in the opening quarter and Tigers led 6-0.
Rosebud-Lott scored their only points on the ensuing possession. Thrall’s defense seemed to have the Cougars stopped at the Thrall 48, but on third down the visitors called a halfback behind the Tiger secondary. The PAT failed leaving the score tied at six with 1:32 remaining in the opening quarter.
Sticking with the combination of Meiske and Irvin, the Tigers moved from their own 48 to the Cougar three. Irvin crashed over from three yards out for his second touchdown of the night and Tigers had regained the lead 12-6 with 6:43 to play in the half.
Howell made an over the shoulder interception at midfield and returned the ball to the Cougar 10. Three plays later Meiske got into the endzone on a 2-yard run.
The Cougars had one last chance to score just before halftime, but Hill picked off a tipped pass in the endzone as the horn sounded ending the first half with the Tigers leading 18-6.
Hill called his own number on a run to the right side and reached the six. A penalty on Rosebud-Lott move the ball to the three and from there Meiske scored his second touchdown of the night.
Rosebud-Lott’s final two series ended in turnovers. Following Meiske’s second score the Cougars went to the air to move the ball, but Watson picked off Johnson’s pass. The Cougars gave it right back to Thrall when Blair Neighbors jumped on a loose ball on the next play to end the game.
The Tigers travel to Bruceville-Eddy next Friday. Bruceville-Eddy has not played since September 11 when they beat Florence 35-21.