The Stockton Tigers football team faced Miller away from home on Friday, Sept. 2, coming back home with a 35-12 win for their second game of the season.
Stockton head coach Luke Rader said the Tigers played well in all phases in the first half.
“We executed things well on offense, and tackled well,” Rader said. “We played very physical in the second half, but had a lot of mental mistakes that hurt us. We had some things that are within our control that hurt us, and we need to clean those up going forward.”
In the first quarter, the Tigers eased into offensive power with swiftness. Stockton junior AJ Scott led Stockton 6-0 with the game’s first touchdown of the night. Later in the first, Scott ran for yet another touchdown in Stockton’s fifth drive of the first. A kick by Lawson Page was successful, bringing Stockton up 13-0 at the end of the first.
Miller has some talented skill players that” do a lot of good things on offense,” Rader said.
“We were able to get a 3 and out on their first offensive possession, which set us up with great field position for our first score,” Rader said. “That was big.”
In the second, Miller managed to grab a touchdown in their first set of second quarter play, but Stockton swiftly responded through a touchdown from Easton Hubbard.
The two-point conversion from sophomore Easton Hubbard was good, and Stockton led Miller 21-6.
Miller had clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter. A penalty against them, and then a big completion for the Tigers, allowed Stockton to finally put the game away.
“Those were both big plays in the second half,” he said.
The Cardinals played hard defensively and came out fired up to start the second half. However, the Tigers were reported to have felt good about winning their second game of the season, Rader said.
“It always feels good to win on the scoreboard, but at the same time we know we didn't play well in the second half,” Rader said. “We have shown glimpses of what we are capable of, now we need to be more consistent to play at our top level all the time.”
Looking ahead to the Tigers’ next away game against Ash Grove, Rader said the big thing for the Tigers to focus on is doing “what we can control well.”
“They have some very athletic players, so we need to make sure we are playing as well as we can every play,” Rader said.
The Tigers are next slated to play against Ash Grove away from home this Friday, Sept. 9. Ash Grove (1-1) previously lost to Lighthouse Sr. High (2-0) with a score of 24-27. Ash Grove won their season opener against Diamond (0-2) by a score of 34-7.