The NACI Tigers tried for a second consecutive ‘comeback for the ages’ this past Friday, but this time fell just shy of hitting the win column.
Friday in Ste. Rose, the NACI Tigers headed into the half-time break down 26-12 to the East Park Outlaws. NACI battled back throughout the second half though, but fell two points shy of tying it up as the Outlaws held on to win the game 40-38.
NACI’s offense totaled 437 yards on the day, but it was the squad’s inability to convert on the extra points that didn’t help the Tigers cause en rout to the loss. NACI only completed 1-of-5 two-point convert attempts.
Meanwhile the defense made 17 tackles and reined in two interceptions.
Grade 11 quarterback Brenden Cowan again led the team in total yardage with 215 yards running with two touchdowns - 48 and 70 yard runs - off 10 carries, as well as throwing 6-for-17 for 159 yards in the air.
Lynden Middleton and Jordan Kennedy had NACI’s other offensive touchdowns. Middleton totaled 92 yards on the night - 32 yards receiving and 60 yards on 13 carries running, including a 12-yard touchdown run - while Jordan Kennedy’s lone reception on the night was a 7-yard touchdown.
Jason Caines added 120 yards on three receptions.
On the other end of the ball, Wyatt Salmon made three tackles and grabbed an interception that he took 55 yards the other way for a touchdown.
Middleton, Joel Asselstine, Will Birnie and Linden Baker all also had two or more tackles in the game.
NACI won the first meeting between the Tigers and Outlaws by four points earlier this season in Neepawa.