Luke Stone ’20
After facing a sizable deficit in their season opener, the Bengal Football Tigers played a nearly flawless second half to defeat Prospect Heights Middle School 24-16 in Johnson Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets set the tone from the get-go, recovering an onside kick on the first play of the game. On the ensuing drive, they easily punched the ball in the end zone to race out to an early 8-0 lead. When a fumble gave them the ball back on the next series, Prospect Heights’ run-heavy offense struck again to extend their lead to 16.
The Tigers front seven, led by J Owens ‘22 and George Mohamed ‘22, executed the adjustments made by Defensive Coordinator Tony Watson and ground the Yellow Jackets’ attack to a halt for the rest of the game. Just when it seemed like they were running out of time to trim the deficit, the Bengal offense began clicking. On the last play of the first half, quarterback Nick Hawkins ‘22 found McGuire Neuman ‘22 open in the right half of the end zone to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 16-12.
The Tigers forced a three and out on the first drive of the second half, and looked like they might do the same on offense when running back Tank Yaghoubi ‘22 managed to extend a flare route from the backfield into a 30-yard touchdown catch and run on fourth and long to give Woodberry the lead for good.
The Bengals will be back in action at home on Friday, October 5th against Norfolk Academy.