After dropping their first four games to start the season, the Withrow Tigers cruised by the Holmes Bulldogs in this week's FOX19 Friday Prep Rally matchup, 48-12.
Withrow (5-4) put the game away with a 28-point second quarter, including two touchdowns from running back Da'Shawn Farley, who finished the night with 212 yards on 24 carries. Quarterback Blake Moore continued his stellar play for the Tigers as he completed 17-of-25 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but he was picked off twice.
The duo has been instrumental to the team's five-game winning streak.
--Postgame: Doc Gamble, Withrow
--Postgame: Da'Shawn Farley, Withrow
"We just had to put upon ourselves that we couldn't have a losing season, especially for our coach" Farley said of his team's recent surge. "We just stop being predictable and have kept on winning."
Senior wide receiver Willie Mills pulled in two TD passes and junior running back Sha'khil Kelly added two scores of his own to help the Tigers to victory. The team tallied 508 total yards of offense on the evening.
Turnovers and special teams also played a huge hand in Withrow's success. The defense pitched a shutout for the final 30 minutes of the game to help nail down the victory. Senior safety Deante Jackson finished with 13 tackles and nearly came up with a pair of interceptions. Linebacker Raphael Wilson added 11 tackles and a pair of sacks.
"We didn't abandon our seniors this is their time," head coach Doc Gamble said of his of team's resiliency this season. "Believe it or not we started 0-4, but we didn't have to check any attitudes."
Holmes (7-2) quarterback Jesse Jenson ran a five-yard touchdown, but was held down through the air on his senior night. Classmate Tyrique Simpson scored the Bulldogs other touchdown on a three-yard run.
Withrow concludes its 2010 season next week as they host Aiken and try to take their winning streak to six games. Holmes wraps up regular-season play with a trip to Harrison County.
Written by: Dan Clasgens, TriStateFootball.com