CUSSETTA, Ga. -- The Temple High School football team sent off its seniors in style, delivering a 41-12 region road win over Chattahoochee County on Friday night in Cusseta.
After battling through a difficult year, the Tigers (1-9, 1-7 Region 5-AA) finally broke through with the four-quarter effort that Temple coach Seth Rogers has been looking for and put the complete game together.
Temple jumped out to a 21-12 lead at halftime, using touchdown passes from quarterback Devin Lord to Hakim Montgomery and C.J. Wilkerson. Then the sophomore signal-caller dialed up his own number for a rushing touchdown.
In the second half, it was all Tigers.
Temple tacked on three rushing touchdowns, getting an 8-yard score from Justin Morris, a 5-yard touchdown run by Christian Armstrong and a 4-yard Jake Lambert touchdown run to kick off the celebration.
Defensively, Morris, Armstrong, Ryan Scott and Carter Shell all recorded interceptions for the Tigers, who pitched a shutout in the second half against the Panthers (2-8, 0-8).
Rogers said he was extremely proud of this group for continuing to fight through all the adversity it faced this season and coming through the win heading into the offseason. The Tiger coach also said it was a great way for the seniors to go out on top.
"It says a lot about our kids and our coaching staff. We never folded the tent. We came out and practiced hard and prepared every week. It was nice to have it finally pay off and get that win at the end of the year. It gives us something to build on going into the offseason. It's a nice way to send out those seniors," Rogers said.