Tigers drop season opener to Chapel Hill, 48-37

The Wills Point Tigers returned to the field Sept. 1 looking to continue the momentum of a 2016 season that saw the program go undefeated during district play before claiming the program’s first bi-district title since the 2004 season.

Despite being outgained by the Tigers in total yardage (456-400) and first downs (27-17), the Bulldogs played the role of spoiler on the season’s first night by recording a 48-37 victory.

Wills Point began play on offense, marching down the field in just four plays for their first touchdown of the season. The drive began with three quick completions, including to passes to Nathan Johnson for 27 yards and a pass to Brandon Smith for four.

Set up at the Chapel Hill 33-yard line, Vernon Morrow burst through the Bulldog defense for a touchdown. Aidan Phillips added the PAT moments later, staking the Tigers to a 7-0 lead with 10:19 to play in the quarter.

Chapel Hill responded with a touchdown on its own opening drive, needing just three plays to score its first touchdown of the night. The Bulldog drive began with an incomplete pass and an 18-yard run by Billy Maddox.

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