Louisiana returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown Thursday night. But from that point on, it was all Mark Twain Middle School as the Tigers rolled to a 52-6 win.
“The game overall was pretty good,” Mark Twain Middle School coach Alex Brandenburg said. “The opening kickoff was pretty frustrating because the kids wanted the shutout pretty bad. But they fought back pretty well.”
Mark Twain had five first quarter touchdowns, with four of them coming on big yardage plays. Caleb Hirner scored first for the Tiger on a 47 yard run. Terry Monroe had the next touchdown, breaking free for 44 yards. Blake Stevenson followed with a 33 yard score before A.J. Wood added a 23 yarder. Bailey McMillen closed out the first quarter scoring with a 4 yard score.
Monroe scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 67 yard run. Monroe’s TD was the Tigers only score of the second quarter as Mark Twain took a 44-6 lead into the break. Monroe finished the night with over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns, both coming in the first half.
Mark Twain added one final touchdown in the third quarter when McMillen broke through the Louisiana defense for a one-yard run.
“Louisiana played a pretty good game against us,” Brandenburg said. “We only ended up giving up four first downs. Louisiana had some pretty fast kids, but we made some corrections.”
Defensively, Brad Tonkinson forced a fumble and Taron Finningan recovered it for the Tigers.
The Tigers also played a jamboree style game with their B Team where each team was given 15 offense and defensive plays. Mark Twain won the game 12-0. Will MacFarland scored both touchdowns for the Tigers. The first came on a 46 yard run and the second came on a 36 yard interception that MacFarland returned for a pick-six. Aiden Epperson recorded six tackles for the Tigers defense in those 15 plays. The Tigers allowed just four first downs to Louisiana.