After dismantling St. Genevieve last week the Festus Tigers remained undefeated by plowing through the Sullivan Eagles on Friday night 42-13. The 2-0 Tigers’ offense is humming with 83 total points scored in their first two games, and with some truly sensational performances, the future certainly looks bright.
When asked about his team’s hot start on offense, new Head Coach A.J. Ofodile Jr. had some choice words. “The kids have done a really good job of being resilient and battling through early miscues. We have guys who have big play ability and we keep preaching that if we weather the storm we’ll make plays. Another big key is our offensive line has really embraced their role of setting the tone and playing with effort and physicality.”
That big-play ability certainly shone through on Friday night with Senior RB Austin Anderson shredding the Eagles defense to the tune of 226 yards and two TDs on just 17 carries. When asked why he was so succesful running the ball Friday night, Anderson noted, “My blockers creating wholes and creases for me to run the ball through and the excitement of knowing the majority of the fans were rooting for the Festus Tigers.”
When asked how good this RB/SS truly is his coach beamed, “Austin is a very natural runner with great instinct, vision, balance and quickness. He also has very good body control and strength, which makes him difficult for one person to tackle. His running style is perfect for our offense.”
“Austin is a very natural runner with great instinct, vision, balance and quickness. He also has very good body control and strength, which makes him difficult for one person to tackle. His running style is perfect for our offense.”
His 63-yard scamper was the nearly the longest play from scrimmage of the game. But that honor goes to Junior Kaian Roberts-Day, who hauled in a 64-yard strike for a TD and totaled 104 yards on just two grabs. Those catches were courtesy of Junior QB Cole Rickermann, who picked apart the Eagles D for 176 yards and three scores against a single interception. He also carried the ball three times for an additional 26 yards. Rickermann also connected with Isaac Stucke and Daylen Wagoner on 17 and 21 yard strikes respectively. Dalten Yates also barreled his way into the endzone with a 5-yd run, and for good measure Stephen Darden connected on all six PATs.
Certainly an impressive performance by the offense, but they were not to be overshadowed. The staunch and vaunted Tiger defense didn’t allow a single passing yard in the entire game. Not one! Five futile attempts by the Eagles netted them zero yards and one interception, and likely a belly full of regret.
When asked about the defense’s performance Coach Ofodile confidently chirped, “Our defense is playing with great effort, enthusiasm and intensity. Those things often allow you to overcome some of the technical mistakes that are inevitable during the course of a game. They are also doing a really good job of not letting negative plays change their approach.”
Freshman Eli Ortmann led the way with 6 tackles (two for a loss) and the D as a whole allowed just 161 total yards.
The Tigers will try to keep the train rolling next week in a conference matchup with Windsor (1-1) and maintain their perfect season.