Tigers let game slip through their fingers in playoff loss

Conway literally saw its postseason hopes slip through its fingers in Friday night’s 43-25 loss at Stratford in the first round of the Class AAAA, Division II playoffs.

The Tigers (8-4) lost four fumbles in the first half, allowing the Knights (9-3) to build an insurmountable 30-0 lead. Conway tried to rally in the third period but simply couldn’t overcome the deficit.

The Tigers were driving deep into Stratford territory on their first possession but Mykal Moody lost the handle on the ball during a run and Cecil Smith scooped it up and ran 68 yards for a touchdown.

The turnover switched the momentum to the home team, and the Tigers kept serving up fumbles. Stratford running backs Noah Shuler and Devin Washington scored a short runs and Bobby Watson caught a touchdown pass for a 30-0 advantage.

Moody connected with wide receiver Marcus Green with a TD pass with just 11 seconds remaining in the second period for a 30-7 halftime score, then he hooked up with Green again in the opening moments of the third quarter to cut it to 30-13.

Conway finally got a fumble instead of giving one and Moody converted the turnover into a short touchdown run that saw him leap over defenders at the goal line to cut it to 30-19 followed a second straight missed PAT.

The Knights put an end to the rally early in the fourth with a pair of TDs. The Tigers were able to add a late score but could get no closer, ending their season that saw Moody tally a school record 46 TDs combined rushing and throwing.

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