Tigers snap streak with win over BearsNew London football team picks up its first win since 2010
NORTH ENGLISH — It had been awhile, but the New London football team and its fans were reminded Friday what it feels like to celebrate a win.
The Tigers (1-1) were on a 22-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 1, 2010 — they defeated W-MU, 44-26, when this year’s seniors were just freshmen. But they snapped that streak on Friday with a 20-16 victory over English Valleys.
“It’s good to have that one over with, the first one taken care of,” Coach Brad Helmerson said. “Hopefully there will be a lot more to come.”
The Tigers were trailing, 16-14, with less than three minutes left to play.
“They never gave up,” Helmerson said. “Our seniors stepped up at the end and had a couple huge tackles.”
The New London defense held its hosts on four straight plays, taking over near the 50-yard line.
The offense then did its part in the come-from-behind victory.
“Tristan Kadel kept us alive ... with a fourth-and-3 pass to Quincy (Porter),” Helmerson said.
And it was Porter who capped the Tigers’ final drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give New London the lead.
The defense came up big once again in the final minute of the game, and then the Tigers took a knee to end it.
On the night, Porter had 31 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Shinkle led the team with 114 rushing yards and also got into the end zone. Austin McBeth had 60 yards on the ground and scored on a two-point conversion, while Jayden Flowers carried for 46 yards.
Kadel was 2-for-6 passing for 12 yards, and Flowers was 1-for-4 for 10 yards.
McBeth, Porter and Shinkle had one catch each.
On defense, Matayo Christianer had 17 tackles to lead the team in that category, followed by Kyle Oliver with 12. Kadel and Tyler Stevenson had nine tackles each.
Christianer and Stevenson each had an interception, and Stevenson returned his for 20 yards.
Stevenson also had a fumble recovery that he returned for 10 yards.
For the Tiger team, excitement over the Friday-night win carried into the weekend.
“We had a third- and fourth-grade football jamboree on Saturday, and I had all the kids working there,” Helmerson said. “It was such a postitive atmosphere; they were all pretty excited.”
However, Helmerson notes that the team isn’t satisfied yet; there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
“We didn’t play a real clean game,” Helmerson said. “We cannot have 12 penalties for 112 yards, or five turnovers. We had some big runs called back.”
Next up for New London is a trip to Highland of Riverside. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.