The Class 3 District Tourney is beginning to take shape, but the Macon Tigers were not done making noise in the CCC, as they trekked west to Burlington Field in Brookfield for a showdown with the rival Bulldogs.
A win for Macon was not likely to improve their seeding in Districts, but a win by Brookfield would give them bonus points by beating an higher-classed opponent.
The Tigers would win the coin-toss, but opted to kick the ball away to the Bulldogs. Macon's defense would stall Brookfield deep in their end, and forced a punt.
The two defensive squads played evenly in the first quarter, and no points were scored after 12 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, Brookfield had begun to move the ball a little more against the Tiger defense.
With around 10 minutes left in the half, the 'Dogs stood at the Macon 24-yard line and faced 2nd and five. Quarterback J.J. Abongo took the snap and lofted a pass to his wide receiver, Marcus Liebhart, for the touchdown. The extra-point by Art Huerta gave Brookfield a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs threated again as the first half wound down, but Macon forced a fumble, and defensive back Gabe Gravitt landed on it, ending the threat and keeping the score 7-0 at halftime.
Macon received the ball to start the second half, but the drive was ended quickly, as Bulldog defender Ramzie Cooper picked off Tiger pass. The Macon defense would end the Brookfield threat just as quick by forcing a three-and-out.
The Tigers would as last hit paydirt in the third quarter. Macon stood at the Brookfield 45 and, with 8:29 in the quarter, Smith threw the ball to the left, where it was hauled in by receiver Tyrone Walker, who took it in the rest of the way for the score.
The PAT from Andre Reynolds would sail wide of the right upright, keeping the lead with the Bulldogs, 7-6, which held to the end of the quarter.
The defensive slugfest continued into the fourth quarter. Every time the Bulldogs made a threat, the Tiger defense would snuff it out, forcing a total of five turnovers on downs.
The Tigers would seize the lead with 5:19 left in the game, as QB Smith launched a pass down the middle of the field, and was hauled down by tight end Conner Owens for a 29-yard touchdown catch.
The Macon attempt for two points fell short, and the Tigers held a 12-7 lead.
The Bulldogs tried to make something happen in the final minutes, but the Tiger defense forced yet another turnover on downs.
Macon would kneel the ball during the final ticks of the clock, and the players began celebrating their incredible come-from-behind victory, a 12-7 win over the rival Bulldogs.
Page 2 of 2 - The Tigers improved to 6-2 overall (6-2 CCC) and have only the Centralia Panthers remaining on their schedule.
It is senior night, and Macon will look to bolster their playoff resume one more time.
After the game this Friday night, if the Class 3 District 6 standings stay the same, Macon will play host to Chillicothe on Thursday, September 25.
One more game, and anything can happen!