Tigers offense stalls, fall to Lancers in homecoming game

Tigers offense stalls, fall to Lancers in homecoming game

Madi Behnen

The Tigers run through the banner at the start of Friday nights homecoming game.

Twelve seconds into the first quarter of Oakville’s homecoming game, the Tigers were down 7-0. The team fought back to make it a 7-7 tie at halftime but could not match the Lafayette Lancers’ pace.

The team was more competitive in their third home game of the year, Sept. 27. In front of a big crowd–celebrating the homecoming game–Oakville was unable to come back from Lafayette’s lead in the second half, losing 21-7.

“It was unfortunate that they broke open their first play of the game for a touchdown. I thought the defense buckled down the rest of this first half and did a pretty good job,” Coach Arlee Conners said.

With 11:48 remaining in the first quarter, the Tigers were already down a touchdown. Two interceptions showed that Oakville would not give up, however. Andy Oliver (12) passed to Isaac Dozier (12) for an 18-yard touchdown. Neither team scored for the remainder of the first half.

In the second half, the Lancers scored two touchdowns, their quarterback cutting through Oakville’s defensive line for a multitude of rushing yards. Oakville did not come back as they did in the first half. Even with a boisterous, excited student body to support homecoming, the Tigers could not pull out a win over a tough team.

“Offense struggled pretty much all night. That was the difference right there. We could never really establish anything on offense,” Conners concluded.

The last home game will be two weeks from now on Oct. 11. With a record of 2-3, the Tigers are hoping to pick themselves up as they travel to Fox next week (Oct. 4) to take on the Warriors at 7 pm.