Tigers fumble away nail-biter against Titans on homecoming weekend

Spirits were high at the beginning of the Globe-Chandler Prep football game on Friday night. The game was part of the homecoming festivities for Globe High School. Photos by Hannah Brake.

Homecoming was bittersweet for the Globe High School gridders, as Chandler Prep, 5-2 came to town and snatched a win, right as the Tigers, 3-3, were about to taste the sweet nectar of victory.

A fumble by the Tigers, deep in Titan territory sealed the deal for Chandler Prep, right as it looked as if the Tigers were going in for the kill.

The game began with an onside kick after Globe won the toss and chose to defer. Things were looking up early, as the Titans went for a fast four and out leading to the Tigers’ first possession.

Led by sophomore QB Caden Hanson (7), with the help of a 10-yard penalty on Prep, the Tigers ate up several minutes of the clock, topping off the drive with a 20-yard run by TE Abrahm Aragon (8) for the first score of the game.

Leading 7-0, the Tigers kicked off to the Titans with 3:21 left in the first. After a good return, the Titans started their second drive at the 50 and, despite a fumble at the two recovered by the Titans, evened the score at seven all with 38 seconds left in the first.

The Tigers’ next drive was ineffectual and after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty backed them up to the 7, Globe was forced to punt.

Prep drove the ball and finished the drive with a 29-yard field goal to go up by a score of 10-7.

But Hanson had an answer, calling his own number and rushing for a first down. After another run for another second and short, Hanson connected for 33 yards to the 18 and then hit senior BJ Burries for the touchdown to go up by a score of 14-10.

For the remainder of the half, the Tigers and Titans went back and forth with the ball and the Titans almost intercepted deep in Tigers’ territory, but the turnover was called back on a defensive penalty.

The score remained 14-10, Globe.

The second half began with Globe taking the kickoff and driving down field, with sophomore RB Seth Durbin and Hanson moving the ball and burning nearly half the clock in the third quarter.

On a fourth and four, Durbin was given the ball and ran it in for a touchdown to put the Tigers on top 21-10.

The Titans took the ensuing kick to the 50-yard line and after a methodical drive, that featured Globe’s Durbin on defense, Prep took a goalline shot for a touchdown with 1:50 left in the third. The Titans went for a successful two-point conversion making the score 21-18 Tigers.

Relying heavily on Durbin and RB Avirum Curiel (20) Globe drove all the way to their own 42 and Curiel picked up anouther eight yards to end the third quarter.

The fourth began with the Tigers on the 50, but the drive stalled on the Titans’ 43 after an unsuccessful fourth and nine attempt.

It was then Chandler Prep took over on downs and began its pivotal drive that would ultimately doom the Tigers.

After going for it on fourth and short in the first series of downs, the Titans called for a measurement, resulting in a first down.

Prep’s senior running back Izzat Mansour took over the game at this point, driving to the Tigers’ 36. The Titans then stopped the clock at 7:24 with an incomplete pass. After another incompletion with 6:39 to go in the game, Mansour’s number was called again and he took the ball again for a 25-yard gain to the Globe nine yard line.

After a third and goal from the five, the Titans picked up a delay of game penalty that gave the Tigers a brief moment of hope, but Titan QB Carson Zilmer (12) connected with tight end Daniel Peake (87) for a touchdown to make it 25-12 with 5:08 to go in the game.

The Tigers then set out on an impressive 73-yard drive, that would ultimately end with a fumble on the Titan’s 27-yard line.

After handing off for a 2-yard loss on first down, Hanson took matters into his own hands with a 14 yard run for a first. On the following play, Globe fumbled on its own 38, but recovered to continue the drive with 3:53 left on the clock.

Hanson made another impressive run, but the play was called back on an illegal block in the back penalty to make it second and 11 from the Tigers’ own 29.

On the next play, Hanson called his own number and scrambled to the Prep 34.

Globe was driving at this point, making its way inside the Titans’ 30 with 3:05 left.

But then it all went sideways, as the Tigers fumbled on the Prep 27, this time losing possession to the Titans.

Globe burned its last two timeouts, the final with 1:01 remaining and Chandler Prep looking at a third and two from its own 35. After a pickup of three for the first down, the Titans were able to run the clock down for the victory, for a tough end to Globe’s homecoming game.

Next up for Globe will be at home versus San Manuel, 2-5, at Harbison Field on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.

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Tight end Abrahm Aragon runs in for a touchdown to give the Tigers an early lead.

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The Tigers face off against the solid offense of the Titans.


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