Several Tigers finish season with school records

Versailles took a trip south down Highway 65 to take on Fair Grove in a Class 2 district semifinal Friday night and it was a tough night for the Tigers as they walked away in a tough 57-26 defeat.

The No. 2 Eagles displayed some big playmaking abilities and their ability to consistently move the ball down the field proved too much to handle for the No. 6 Tigers. Versailles trailed just 7-6 early in the second quarter, but Fair Grove was relentless throughout the night and never looked back.

Sophomore quarterback Coby Williams completed nine of his 16 passes for the Tigers for two touchdowns and an interception while senior wide receiver Kooper Wilson also got involved in the passing game with two completions for 42 yards and a score.

Wilson was also the top receiver for Versailles with four receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown while junior wideout Wyatt Espinosa put up three catches for 31 yards and a score, sophomore Brycen Reynolds added two catches for 40 yards and fellow sophomore receiver Brayden Morrison pulled down two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, senior running back Taylor Dobbins led the Tigers with 98 rushing yards in his final game as a Tiger while Williams added 22 yards of his own and a touchdown.

On the defensive end, junior linebacker Michael Trotter led the team with 10 tackles and Reynolds picked off an errant Fair Grove throw.

The season may have come to an end for Versailles, but it did not come without a few noteworthy milestones. For starters, the Tigers won their first playoff game since the modern format was introduced in 2012 with a 34-29 win over El Dorado Springs the week prior. The record books will also have to be updated too.

After missing most of 2016 with a leg injury, Wilson came back for his senior season and broke the school record for single season receptions (57), single game catches (10) and single season receiving yards (768). He was joined by Williams who broke the single season passing record with 1,545 yards and tied a single game record for touchdown passes with four respectively. Last but not least, Trotter was a force to be reckoned with on defense breaking the single season tackles for a loss record with 15.5.

Versailles ends the year with a record of 3-8 and the Tigers will look to continue pushing forward and come out even stronger in 2018. Time will soon tell if they can do just that.