BY MARLAN JONES
The Mendenhall Tigers dominated the Trojans in the 97th Simpson County Super Bowl with a 31-0 victory in a game that was moved to Labor Day weekend for the first time.
Tigers Head Coach Chuckie Allen said, “We still didn’t play our best game. Offensively we weren’t able to get going like we wanted to. Last week we had six turnovers so we’re working on that and getting better. We’re happy to come away with a victory.”
The Tigers started the night with another victory after being declared the winners of the Blood Bowl. During the Simpson County Super Bowl students at Magee and Mendenhall High Schools are challenged to roll up their sleeves and show their school spirit by donating blood before the game.
With an outpouring of support from community members, students, faculty, and staff, the 2021 Simpson County Blood Bowl registered 149 donors, resulting in the collection of 122 units of blood. Mendenhall High School won by six units.
The Tigers set the tone for the Super Bowl early after marching down the field on their opening drive for a touchdown sparked by a 23 yard pass from Tiger quarterback DK Jenkins to Chris Davis.
The Trojans struggled with turnovers early in the game and were never able to build any momentum. It was still a defensive game for the first 18 minutes of the contest, however, with the Tigers clinging to a 6 point lead.
But the turnovers by the Trojans proved to be insurmountable as they struggled to find their own footing in the game.
The Tigers looked sharp on offense and ferocious on defense. It was an impressive performance and a statement win for the program that has high expectations this year.
The Tigers were poised and composed throughout the game, demonstrating the ability to overcome adversity and play up to expectations.
The Trojans’ struggles are not indicative of what the season has in store for the reigning 3A State Champs. It was their first game of the season with an inexperienced quarterback and new coaches, topped with the pressures that come with a 97 year old rivalry. There is much work to be done, but the Trojan players have what it takes to improve.
The Mendenhall Tigers will face the Laurel Golden Tornadoes this Friday at home, and the Trojans will travel to face the Florence Eagles.