Five turnovers spark 21-7 win over Rains

The Wills Point Tigers accomplished their primary objective entering the season Oct. 21, clinching a spot in the postseason courtesy of a 21-7 win over the visiting Emory Rains Wildcats and losses by both Dallas Roosevelt (to Canton) and Ferris (to Dallas Lincoln) against other district foes.

Defense was the name of the game for the Tigers against Emory Rains, with Wills Point defenders generating five Wildcat turnovers in a shutdown effort.

Rains began the night on offense, utilizing a heavy dose of running back Dylon Mosely to move from their own 22-yard line into Tiger territory. Set up at the Tiger 29-yard line after eight consecutive Mosely carries and a sneak by quarterback Dusty Rhodes, the Tiger defense would notch their first turnover of the night on a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery by junior defensive end Trey Patterson.

Wills Point’s first possession of the night would end in a much different manner, with the Tigers needing just five plays to find the end zone. Brandon Smith, coming off a three touchdown effort against Canton the week before, put the Tigers ahead on the scoreboard on a 28-yard run through the Wildcat defense. Vincent Tobias added the PAT, putting Wills Point in front 7-0 with 4:54 to play in the quarter.

The Tiger defense allowed Emory Rains to register just a single first down on their next drive before another forced fumble-fumble recovery gave possession back to Wills Point at the Wildcat 48-yard line moments later.

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