Tioga tops SVE to win division title
The Tioga Tigers picked up a 39-21 victory over Spencer Van-Etten on Friday night to finish the regular season 6-1 and bring home another division title.
Tioga haad three running backs with over 70 yards in the game as Tyler Spires gained 77 on 11 carries with two scores, Jesse Manuel had 71 on 12 carries with a score and Brad Jump finished with 72 on 10 carries with two scores.
On top of that, Ryan Vergason was 3-for-4 passing for 40 yards and he also had 16 yards rushing on one carry in the game.
"I think the balance with him throwing and the balance with our backs was good," Tioga coach Nick Aiello said. "Tyler with 11 carries, Jesse with 12 carries, Jump with 10 and all with around the same yardage. It was a good balance, we had good drives tonight."
Brad Jump started the scoring in the first quarter going in from one-yard out and Tyler Spires ran in for the two-point try.
Spires had a 25-yard run for a score and Jump had the two-point run to make it 16-0 after one.
Spries scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter and Jump had the scoring run and then Jump scored from eight yards out and Cleavan Staples caught the two-point pass from Vergason.
Manuel scored from 11 yards out in the third and he kicked the extra point to make it 39-0.
With the big lead, the Tigers put their reserves in and Spencer's star running back Elijiah Burns scored on a nine-yard run in the third and on six and 90 yard runs in the fourth, with Spencer hitting the extra point on all three tries.
While Burns finished with 148 yards on 17 carries, he had just nine yards in the first half against Tioga's starting defense.
"In the first half, he had nine yards rushing and that was a big key for us, making sure he didn't hurt us," Aiello said. "I thought we did an excellent job of containing him. In the second half, he did some good things, but that was when our reserves were in."
Dylan House had 50 yards rushing for Tioga and Matt Jump finished with 24 in the game.
Dalton Wojcuich had a catch for 19 yards and defensively he had an interception in the win.
Manuel had two catches for 21 yards and Aaron Brentnall had an interception for the Tigers on defense.
Spencer's quarterback, Kyle Pierce, was 8-for-16 passing for 126 yards with no touchdowns and the two interceptions.
Tioga's defense also recovered a fumble in the game, while the Tigers didn't turn the ball over on offense.
Tioga had a total of 315 yards rushing in the game on 54 carries.
The Tigers now await their opponent for the first round of sectionals next week, a home game at 7 p.m.
"Right now the biggest concern is we are a little banged up, but for the most part we are getting healthy and hopefully we go in at full strength going into next week."