Defense, rushing attack carry Tigers to 17-7 win

After more than a week of thinking what might have been following their heartbreaking 28-27 non-district finale loss to Canton, the Wills Point Tigers turned the page with their District 8-4A opener against the Mabank Panthers Oct. 9.
The Wills Point Tiger rushing attack and defense each played a starring role in the contest, helping guide the team to a 17-7 road win.
Marques Crouch, who entered the contest with 925 rushing yards and 8 TDs, officially eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the season with a 25 carry, 146 yard effort against the Panthers (including a touchdown). Fellow running back Chuck Smith also had a solid effort in the win, logging six carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. 
The Tiger defense, which has improved steadily over the past year and a half under the guidance of head coach Greg Cranfill and defensive coordinator Larry Moorehead, allowed just 119 total yards to the Panthers.
Wills Point is scheduled to return home to Ken Autry Davis Field Oct. 16 to take on a dangerous Kaufman Lions team. The Lions are currently 1-0 in District 8-4A play with a 40 rout of Crandall on their resume.