Tigers tear through Aztecs for shutout

Behind the arm of Matt McMillan, the Tigers trounced the Farmersville Aztecs,32-0, in a non-league Woodlake home game on Friday, Sept. 8.

The Game started out slow on Friday night with the Tigers losing yardage on their first play of the game and ended their first possession with a punt.

But the Tigers managed to make their hometown crowd roar for the first time when Woodlake's defense recovered a Farmersville fumble on the Aztec's 21-yard line.

The Aztecs followed up the play with their own fumble recovery by Cory Lopez on the 28-yard line. But Farmersville's sloppy play seemed to paralyze the Aztecs as they lost seven yards then gave the ball up again on another fumble to waste the next two offensive opportunities.

Woodlake's Beto Sanchez forced the fumble with a hard tackle to get the ball back to the home team.

On the very next play, Farmersville forced the ball from Woodlake quarterback Matt McMillan's hands for another fumble. This time, McMillan fell on the ball for a Woodlake recovery.

With 6:21 left in the first quarter, the Tigers missed a field goal wide on their first scoring attempt of the game.

The Tigers finally put a mark on the scoreboard on a drive that started on their own 32-yard line. With 45 seconds remaining in the quarter, McMillan launched the ball to Jon Gomez for a 72-yard pass play.

The Tigers ended the quarter by sacking and nearly injuring Farmersville quarterback Amador Madrigal to maintain a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Farmersville stayed in the game but couldn't deliver a touchdown on their best offensive drive of the game.

On Woodlake's next possession, McMillan kept the ball for a 31-yard touchdown run but a penalty nullified the effort.

The Tigers continued to march down the field until McMillan and Gomez connected on another 16-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 13-0. The Tigers couldn't pull off the 2-point conversion attempt with little time left in the half.

The Aztecs started the third quarter with possession but lost it once again to a fumble. Madrigal lost the ball on their own 48-yard line on a second and 10. Woodlake's Thomas Navarro picked up the ball and ran the length of the field for a 37-yard touchdown carry.

Woodlake missed the point after and the Tigers strengthened their lead to 19 points.

After Farmersville's offense struggled, the Tigers started their next drive from Farmersville's 28-yard line. The Tigers earned a first down and on third and goal, Woodlake's McMillan found John Gomez in the end zone and connected for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers missed another 2-point conversion attempt to keep the score at 25-0.

The Aztecs saw a gleam of hope and kept working to end the shutout on Woodlake's kickoff. On the return, Tyrone Taplin maneuvered through Woodlake's kickoff line with ease and ran the ball into the end zone. Despite Taplin's impressive run, the touchdown was called back on illegal blocking in the backfield and the Aztecs remained at 0.

Farmersville gave an effort on their next drive earning a first down but still couldn't break into the end zone.

Woodlake delivered a final touchdown at the end of the game when Freddy Virgil broke into the end zone on a 16 yard run.

With 32 seconds remaining, the Aztecs couldn't manage to put up any points and the game ended in a 32-0 shutout.

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