The Minden High Crimson Tide wasn’t favored by many to win at Independence Stadium on undefeated Fair Park’s homecoming night.
That’s just fine, teams can keep on underestimating the Crimson Tide.
Coach Spencer Heard and his team are just fine with flying under the radar.
The Tide ruined the Indian’s homecoming night by going into Independence Stadium and earning a 28-20 come from behind victory.
The Tide is now 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in district, in firm control of their own destiny.
“It feels great,” Heard said. “I’m happy for our kids. Their hard work has paid off.
I’m happy for this fan base. We get to come back home off a win and I hope they’ll be excited to see us.”
The Tide once again trailed at the half before making some adjustments and dominating the second half.
That’s beginning to be a theme for the Tide who have outscored their last two opponents 47-6 in the second half.
“We went in at halftime and told the guys the first half was on us,” Heard said. “We weren’t executing as well as we know we can and we told the guys to keep doing what we do.”
The Crimson Tide’s young talent played like veterans in the fourth quarter against a Fair Park team that was no slouch.
“I told the kids all week they are the kind of team that battles for four quarters,” Heard said. “We played pretty good defensively down a starter who was sick, Dillon Herrington came in and stepped up against a very talented team,”
The play of the game came when Kelcey Miller found an opening in the back corner of the endzone on the Tide’s final drive of the game.
With the Tide up just one point and facing a fourth down, Miller somehow snagged an Antonio Rivette pass and tapped his feet in bounds as he fell onto his back and a roar came from the Minden sideline.
Antonio Rivette finished 7 of 13 with 98 yards and two touchdowns passing.
Kolby Jackson led the running back group with 10 carries for 70 yards and two scores of his own. Rivette carried 17 times for 63 yards on the ground and Rodtravion Rogers pitched in 47 hard-earned yards on 10 carries.
Kelcey Miller was the star through the air, hauling in four passes for 39 yards and two touchdowns. Tavarius Edwards had three catches for 59 yards, including a huge third down grab on the drive that gave the Tide a 21-20 lead halfway through the fourth quarter.
The Tide will now turn their focus to a Loyola team fresh off a 16-14 loss to Huntington. That game will be at home in The Pit.
Minden will be looking to get to 4-2 and 3-0 in district.