Post-match thoughts: No quitting in the Tigers’ DNA

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Picture of SweetwaterNOW, Brayden Flack

ROCK SPRINGS –Friday night’s rematch between the Rock Springs Tigers and Sheridan Broncs failed to rebound in favor of Rock Springs. The Broncs proved why they are once again one of 4A’s best teams in their 39-28 win.

Rock Springs played a solid first half, but Sheridan’s offense came alive in the second half to significantly extend their lead and secure the win.

Here are tonight’s post-game thoughts.

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Respond loudly

One aspect of this game that I was looking forward to seeing was how the Tigers would come out and start the game. I wanted to know how this team would react after two losses, with last week’s collapse against Campbell County late in the game.

Needless to say, the Tigers had a solid first half defensively against the Broncs, giving up just 12 points. On top of that, they forced two turnovers and limited Sheridan’s big plays offensively.

If there’s one thing I learned about this young Tiger football team over four weeks, it’s that they respond to adversity. You can’t coach that. The effort was there every week despite the results.

What impressed me the most was the fourth quarter when Rock Springs fell 19 points behind. After giving up a 64-yard touchdown run, Rock Springs didn’t roll over and give up. Instead, they string together some solid attacking drives that culminated in a score to reduce the lead to 11.

Tonight, the Tigers kept coming even when the dice weren’t rolling. There is no giving up in the DNA of this team.

Flack game ball 🏈

Goodness Okere is the lucky recipient of this virtual game ball tonight.

When the Tigers needed a big play, Okere was there to answer the call. A big third quarter conversion by Okere kept the drive alive and set the eventual score Okere grabbed from Michael Faigl. On the next drive, Okere made a huge run that sparked another successful Tigers score in the fourth quarter.

Okere was the heartbeat in the second half that kept the Tigers’ offense going.

Spend an Okere night!

– Flack

Another difficult challenge

As for next week’s game, the Tigers’ season isn’t getting any easier. Cheyenne East is on the schedule next week here at home.

This will be the biggest test of the season so far, and another stepping stone towards building this young squad and gaining experience against top 4A talent.

What an opportunity to improve and upset a game most of which involves the Tigers.

Go Tigers!

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