Versailles, Mo. – The Tigers' homecoming featured the football prowess of the Eldon Mustangs.
This matchup against the Eldon Mustangs looked like a repeat of the previous week's loss to Osage. In fact, the only difference might just be the scores, as Eldon's 56-0 shutout over Versailles fall one point short of Osage's dismantling of the Tigers.
Not only was this game ended with a lopsided score, it ended with lopsided stats, too.
Eldon controlled the game from the very beginning, scoring twice in each quarter of the game.
The Mustangs controlled the ball, finishing the game with 36 minutes of ball possession time, or three quarters worth of the clock.
The Mustangs' offense put up 418 yards on the day on 44 plays, averaging 9.5 yards per play in the game, while the defense dominated the Tigers, giving up just 26 total yards of offense to the Tigers, and punishing them with five sacks, three fumbles and one interception.
The Mustangs' domination began with a Raymond Kwok touchdown on a 5-yard run to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Kwok would score two more times in the game, finishing the game with three rushing touchdowns and 101 yards on the ground.
Dalton Lister finished the game with two rushing touchdowns and 183 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run.
Zack Lemen's 6-yard run for a touchdown would give the Mustangs a 28-0 lead going in to the half.
After two more scores in the third quarter from Lister and Kwok, the Mustangs' younger players took over, with Levi Shinn breaking off a 46-yard run for a touchdown to put the Mustangs up 49-0. Shinn finished the game with two carries for 51 yards. He also completed all eight of his kicks for the extra points on the night.
Nick Hendrix would lay the final blow against the Tigers, scoring on a 1-yard run to give the Mustangs their last touchdown and a 56-0 win.
Versailles struggled to move the ball, with Johnathan Cunningham taking six carries for 27 yards. Both Michael Allen and Kyler Turpin finished the night with negative rushing yards, as the Mustangs' penetration proved too much for the Tigers' line.
One of the few things that the Tigers did beat the Mustangs at was passing and fewer penalties. Allen completed 7 of his 13 passes for 47 yards and an interception, while Eldon's
Wyatt Greenwalt threw the ball just twice in the game, completing one 15-yard pass.
Eldon returns home this week, as they prepare to host their long-time rival, the Osage Indians.
Versailles now prepares for another tough matchup against Tri-County Conference rival Hallsville on the road.