Photo by Theron Truitt/The Candidate
Senior Justis Moore breaks off a long run in the first half during the Tigers first round playoff game at Great Bend Friday. The Tigers play Salina South at home Nov. 3.
The Tigers won their playoff opener against Great Bend 35-28 at the Panther’s stadium Friday thanks to standout performances from senior Justis Moore and the offensive line, head coach Marc Marinelli said.
“It is a great feeling; we worked so hard for this moment,” Moore said after the game.
Moore started at fullback for the injured sophomore Parker Wenzel and rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns and was largely the team’s main source of offense throughout the game.
“If teams take away Ty (Trudo) we have other sources of offense that haven’t really been shown because Ty has been so dominant lately,” Marinelli said after the game. “Obviously tonight Justis took over.”
Marinelli also said the offensive line was a big factor in the team’s winning streak.
“I couldn’t have done it without my line blocking the way they did so I give them the credit,” Moore said.
The team started the season 0-5 and has won four straight and will host a playoff game against Salina South Friday.
“We told the kids to stay together,” Marinelli said. “Credit to the guys for staying together when we were 0-5 and losing games we probably shouldn’t have.”
They may not be done yet either.
Since Salina South beat Liberal, Eisenhower will host a playoff game which no one saw coming after starting 0-5.
“This team has the same amount of talent as the semi-final team if not a little bit more,” Marinelli said. “We have a chance to go far.”