Tigers nip Evergreens

Tigers nip Evergreens

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Tigers nip Evergreens

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The D.C. Everest football team started its first game of the 2012 season with a bang.

Senior running back Chris Maki electrified the large green and gold contingent at Beell Statium, by returning the opening kick of the game 90 yards for a touchdown.

Unfortunately for the Evergreens, Marshfield had a few tricks up its sleeve as the Tigers escaped their own field with a 34-30 win over the long time rivals in a nonconference game on Friday night.

As former Wisconsin Valley Conference foes, the two powerful programs, which boast eight WIAA state titles between them, are now in opposite divisions of the super conference, the Valley Football Assocoation, which is in its second year of existence.

The Tigers, which scored 14 first half points, with new quarterback Bo Howard at the helm, ran for a 26-yard scamper to counter the Evergreens’ first score and then connected with Tanner Dennis-Brown for an 18-yard TD connection to go up 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

After Marshield went up 21-13, the opportunistic scored a quick nine points early in the third quarter to take a 22-21 lead on a safety and touchdown.

Deep in their own end, the Tigers snapped the ball out of the end zone for the safety and then four plays later Wyatt Brown, who led Everest with 67 yards rushing, scored on a 20-yard run.

Two possessions later, Howard faked a hand off that drew the whole Everest defense to the right and he ran untouched for 57-yards to score and make it 27-22.

Brown struck again for the Evergreens early in the fourth quarter on a three yard run, only to have Marshfield counter with another score, this time from third-string running back Ryan Trierweiler on three-yards to take a 34-30 lead with 4:23 left to play.

After forcing Everest to punt, the Tigers needed only to get a first down and run out the clock to secure the win. Marshfield had to punt giving Everest a chance with 1:29 to play starting at mid field.

Thirty years of penalties, pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduce gave the Evergreens a first and 10 on the Tigers 20, but the Marshfield defense held on for the win victory.

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