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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Double Tiger showdown for Homecoming 2012

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  • It's been close to two years since the Macon Tigers faced off against Mark Twain, and that was in the Class 2 Quarterfinals of 2010.
    On that day, it was cold, damp and rainy, but the host Macon Tigers topped the Twain Tigers 42-12 and advanced to the State Semifinals.
    Now, in 2012, the two Tiger squads will face off once again, and it is Homecoming night for Macon, which makes it extra special.
    Last week, the Macon Tigers traveled down south to Louisiana to battle the Bulldogs on their Homecoming night, and spoiled the party, winning 45-15.
    That same night, the blue Tigers yielded the struggling Highland Cougars their first win of the year, falling 34-20.
    The Macon Tigers used a steady combination of running and passing to get past Louisiana, and will look to do the same to Mark Twain.
    The blue Tigers, on the other hand, have managed just two wins in six games in 2012, with victories against Monroe City and Louisiana.
    Mark Twain is coming off a 2-8 season in 2011, and Coach Matt Hudson knows that can improve.
    Macon had two runners go for big games against Louisiana, with Tyrone Walker rushing nine times for 114 yards, 46 being the longest run, and Gabe Gravitt, fresh off of a leg injury, rushed 11 times for 115 yards, and a long of 47 yards.
    Through the air, Macon quarterback Craig Smith went 4-9 on passing, including a pair of completions to Levi Walker for 27 yards, and a 25-yard pass to downfield target Brendan Watts. All seemed in order.
    The host Tigers could be looking for another big score against Mark Twain, which gave up an average of 32.7 points per game in 2011.
    The Mark Twain Tigers will likely run several offensive sets in Friday's game. Coach Hudson has 10 returning letterman, so there will be a lot of experience to work with.
    Some key returners for Mark Twain include senior "O" and "D" lineman Chad Arnold and running back and linebacker Nick Nesbitt.
    Others returning for the blue Tigers include runner and linebacker Kacey Simmons, runner and defensive back Tyler Steinkamp, and lineman Tyler Finney.
    So far in 2012 for Mark Twain, the record stands at 2-4, both overall and in the CCC.
    In week one, Twain played host to the tough Brookfield Bulldogs, and would fall by the score of 34-12.
    Week two meant the first road game of the season for the blue Tigers, at Lankford Field against Monroe City. Mark Twain would score their first win by the score of 26-7.
    Week three saw Mark Twain make the trek west to take on the defending CC champion Centralia Panthers.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Tigers would not score in the game, but would hold the powerful Panthers to 21 points, which is something the defense should be proud of.
    In week four, Mark Twain hosted their second home game of the season against the rival Louisiana Bulldogs.
    Twain would score 50 points for the first time this season, defeating the Bulldogs by the score of 50-28.
    And, in week five, the Tigers would go on the road against Highland, and would be defeated by the score of 34-20.
    There is a chance of rain for Friday night, but the Macon Tigers are used to playing in a downpour. They are more used to winning in their own house.
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