The King's Ridge Christian Tigers only had to travel a short ways down Cogburn Road for their away game, so it stands to reason they wouldn't be tired from the trip. And they showed no evidence of travel weariness in their 49-0 defeat of the St. Francis Knights in a non-conference game on Friday night, Sept. 7.
Benaiah Franklin and Julian Champ both scored touchdowns early, making it 13-0 in the first quarter.
Another TD in the second brought the score to 19-0 with 8 minutes left in the first half.
Terez Miller made the first of two big runs on that night that alone gave him more than 100 yards rushing. His 60-yard TD rush in the second quarter was the fourth TD for the Tigers. With an extra point kick by Connor Burns, the score rose to 26-0.
Miller wasn't done in the first half. A 50-yard run brought the ball to the Knights 45. A few plays later Connor Burns rushed 6 yards to make it 3rd and 4 with 37 seconds left in the half. A 20-yard pass to Penny Hart on third down brought the ball deep into St. Francis territory and moved the chains. But when the Tigers faced 3rd and 3 with six seconds left in the half, Burns was called on to kick a 37-yard field goal.
At the end of the half the Tigers were leading the Knights, 29-0.
The Tigers didn't let up in the second half, scoring on the first play. Franklin got back into the end zone with a 90-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Another PAT made it 36-0 King's Ridge over St. Francis.
Champ got his chance to enter the end zone in the third quarter also. He took a pass 23 yards downfield to make the score 42-0. The extra point was no good.
Early in the fourth quarter the Tigers scored their final points. Connor Henderson scored a TD with 11:52 left in the game, and the PAT made it 49-0.
King's Ridge didn't score again, and St. Francis never made it into the end zone.
King's Ridge hosts Pace Academy on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis travels to Mableton on Sept. 14 to play Whitefield Academy.