LAKE BUTLER ― The Union County Fightin’ Tigers utilized a productive ground attack and a stifling defense Friday to cruise to a 49-12 win over P.K. Yonge.
Close contest early
P. K. Yonge (2-1) scored on the game’s first series with a 50-yard touchdown run by junior Devin Johnson, but a failed try for the two-point conversion had the Blue Wave leading 6-0.
Union County (2-1) answered with a rushing touchdown of its own, a 3-yard plunge by Toren Tyson. Jonathan Edwards’ first of seven extra-point kicks put the Tigers up 7-6.
The Tigers extend their lead after a P. K. Yonge three-and-out, with a trio of big plays by quarterback Trenton Klein, wide receiver Ibn Williams and running back Ras Woodall’s 9-yard scoring run to go up 14-6.
Not to be outdone, P.K. Yonge’s Calvin Thomas took advantage of a busted Union County defensive coverage to complete a 70-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, but once again failed a two-point attempt to bring the Blue Wave within 14-12 at the 11:38 mark of the second quarter. That was as close as the Blue Wave would get.
Union County takes control
The Tigers began to pour it on in the ensuing possession. Woodall picked up gains of 23 and 44 yards to help put the ball at the Blue Wave two-yard line. From there Tyson scored to put Union County up by nine (21-12).
Dayquan Diston added another touchdown to the Tigers’ lead on a 6-yard run.
Union County couldn’t cash in a Gavin Jenkins interception when a 35-yard field goal attempt was off the mark but held a 28-12 lead at halftime.
All Tigers in the second half
Union County didn’t let off the gas after the break, scoring three more touchdowns: Drew Simmons 60-yard run, Tyson’s 13-yard run and Simmons’ 50-yard run.
P. K. Yonge begins a four-game homestand by facing Hawthorne (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. Union County plays Orlando Christian Prep (3-0) at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.