Turnovers costly as Tigers fall to West Florence

Poised to score the potential game-winning touchdown in the final seconds, Conway turned the ball over for the fourth time in the game to suffer a 20-14 upset loss to West Florence.

Injured star quarterback Mykal Moody, who returned to action in the second half and led the Tigers into scoring position, saw a shotgun snap too high to handle on the final play of the game from the 1-yard line, and the Knights recovered the ball to halt the Tigers’ late drive.

Moody, who suffered a concussion two weeks ago against Myrtle Beach and did not start, came into the game late to try to rally the Tigers, but the turnovers proved too much for him and his teammates to overcome.

Without Moody in the lineup, the Tigers (5-2 overall, 0-1 Region VI-AAAA) and Knights (4-3, 1-0) combined to commit four turnovers in the first quarter alone. West Florence was first to take advantage of a short field as running back Jalen Dixon scored the game’s first touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers tied it up on a short touchdown run by replacement QB Robert Nelson in the second period, and Conway’s Malcolm Green recovered a fumbled punt and returned it 10 yards to paydirt for a 14-7 halftime lead, but it was all the offense the Tigers could muster.

West Florence evened the score in the third quarter on a 5-yard TD run by QB Marguane Goodman, who also scored the game-winning on a 1-yard dive in the fourth quarter. The PAT failed and the door was left open for the Tigers to take the lead.

Conway mounted a final drive but couldn’t stop being bit by the turnover bug and lost its Region VI-AAAA opener to the Knights.

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