Tailback's four TDs lead the way into next round

Tailback's four TDs lead the way into next round

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Tailback's four TDs lead the way into next round

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The Clewiston Tigers came out roaring and dominated the Space Coast Vipers in a Region 4A-3 semifinal at Cane Field before a packed home crowd.

Tiger senior tailback Derry West scored four rushing touchdowns as the Tiger offensive line prevailed in the first half and saw Clewiston with a 49-0 halftime lead. Clewiston’s special teams play also got into the scoring with Tyrone Washington blocking a Vipers’ punt and recovering in the end zone.

Sophomore cornerback Tyrin Summers also scored on a 51-yard interception return. Senior fullback Kyree Marshall had the Tigers other first half score on a 3-yard run.

Tiger second half scores came on a 2-yard plunge by fullback Maurice Murphy and a Josh Rojas’ 51-yard return on a Vikings’ onside kickoff.

Space Coast got their offense going in the second half but the comeback was against the Tiger’s second-string defense and too little too late. Senior quarterback Nick Rittenhouse, one of the state’s top five in total offense, was held to 117 yards throwing on 14 completions. He also was kept in check by the Tiger defense as he gained 75 yards rushing on 16 attempts

Tiger coach Pete Walker was almost speechless after the victory.

“This was our best effort since late October,” he said. “Our guys just came tonight to play football and play they did. We excelled in all facets of the game and were glad to get our substitutes some valuable playoff game experience.”

Space Coast 0 0 14 7 21
Clewiston 35 14 0 14 63

C: Derry West 10 yard run (Brandon Torres Kick)

C: Tyrone Marshall recovered fumble in end zone (Torres Kick)

C: West 1 yard run (Torres Kick)

C: West 1 yard run (Torres Kick)

C: Tyrin Summers 52 yard INT return (Torres Kick)

C: Kyree Marshall 3 yard run (Torres Kick)

C: West 2 yard run (Torres Kick)

SC: Alex Dansereau 35 yard pass from Nick Rittenhous (Gage Ferguson Kick)

SC: Devon Cannon 20 yard pass from Rittenhous (Ferguson Kick)

C: Maurice Murphy 2 yard run (Colt Flynn Kick)

SC: Rittenhous 13 yard run (Ferguson Kick)

C: Josh Rojas 51 yard kick return (Flynn Kick)

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