By Luke Brantley
BRILLIANT — The South Lamar Stallions shut down the Brilliant Tigers 47-0 on Friday night, Sept. 17, during the Tigers’ homecoming game.
South Lamar won the coin toss, but chose to defer and kick off to the Tigers to start the game.
The Tigers ended up with the ball back on their own 34 yard line. Wiley Hanson kept the ball and ran, but couldn’t gain any yards. A fumble in the back on second down brought the Tigers back even farther. On third down, the Stallions intercepted a pass and took over on the 20 yard line.
Brilliant’s defense held the line until fourth down, when the Stallions threw a touchdown pass with 8:45 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good, putting the Stallions in the lead, 7-0.
The Tigers got the ball on their own 39 and made a hard drive, With Hanson and Barton making runs to keep the chains moving and get across midfield.
But as the Tigers got close to the Stallions’ 30 yard line, their momentum stalled and the Stallions took over on downs on their own 36.
The Stallions made another drive, but they were held back by fumbled snaps and penalties. The first quarter ended with them on their own 33 yard line.
The Tigers made a few big stops, but the Stallions kept pushing and scored again. Brilliant’s defense blocked the extra point attempt, holding the Stallions to a 13-point lead with 9:35 remaining in the second quarter.
The Tigers made another push to put points on the board and made it to the 50, but a fumble put the Stallions back in control.
Despite some big stops from Brilliant’s defense, including a near-interception for Hanson, the Stallions scored again.
Their quarterback kept the ball and took the long way around the back and running down the left side from the nine yard line. With 1:47 left in the half, the Stallions were ahead 20-0 with the extra point.
The Tigers made one more attempt to score before the end of the half, but were unsuccessful and decided to punt on fourth down with less than 30 seconds left in the half.
The Stallions completed a long pass from the 26 yard line and scored one more time. The Tigers blocked the extra point a second time, but they went into halftime trailing 26-0.
The Stallions kicked off again to open the third quarter, and the Tigers returned the ball to their 45 yard line. The Tigers were only able to gain a few short yards, and the Stallions took over at midfield.
South Lamar kept up the pace, making runs and keeping the chains moving. They made it into the end zone, but a flag for holding denied them the touchdown temporarily.
From the 12, a run halved their distance to the goal, and on third down the Stallions scored again. The extra point was good, and they were now ahead 33-0 with 3:38 remaining before the fourth quarter.
The Tigers pushed hard once again, with Hanson and Barton gaining yards, but to no avail. They made it across midfield, but the Stallions took over on downs on their own 46.
The Stallions still had the ball as the third quarter ended and the fourth quarter began. They quickly scored again and made the extra point.
Now behind 40-0, the Tigers tried again, but a pick-six put them even farther behind the Stallions at 47-0 with the extra point.
The Stallions didn’t score again, and the Tigers were unable to with their two other possessions of the quarter. When the clock hit zero, the game ended in a 47-0 shutout for the Tigers.
Brilliant will host the Class 3A Winfield Pirates at home this Friday, Sept. 24, in a non-region county rivalry.
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