A look back at the first half of the season for the Tigers

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Passing

1. Junior quarterback Coby Williams- 54-94 for 672 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions

2. Freshman quarterback Adam Radcliff- 1-1 for 11 yards

Receiving

1. Senior wide receiver Wyatt Espinosa- 18 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns

2. Junior wide receiver Dallas Waller- 16 receptions for 143 yards

3. Junior wide receiver Brayden Morrison- nine receptions for 135 yards

To Note: Senior wide receiver Colbey Boicourt has three receptions for 23 yards and two touchdown receptions

Rushing

1. Junior quarterback Coby Williams- 97 carries for 524 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns

2. Senior running back Michael Trotter- 52 carries for 230 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and one touchdown

3. Junior running back Brycen Reynolds- 30 carries for 77 yards (2.6 yards per carry) and one touchdown

To Note: Junior wide receiver Dallas Waller has five carries for 40 yards (8 yards per carry) and one touchdown

DEFENSIVE LEADERS

Tackles

1. Senior linebacker Michael Trotter- 63.5 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks

2. Senior defensive back Colbey Boicourt- 24.5 tackles

3. Junior defensive back Brayden Morrision- 19 tackles and one tackle for a loss

To Note: Junior defensive lineman Riley Rademann has 3.5 tackles for a loss including 1.5 sacks, junior linebacker Brycen Reynolds and junior defensive lineman Dallas Waller both have one sack while Waller has 3.5 tackles for a loss and junior defensive lineman Kyjuan Buckingham has half of a sack.

Fumbles

Reynolds has forced one fumble while Williams and junior linebacker Matthew Lor have recovered one fumble each. Williams returned that one fumble for a touchdown.

Interceptions

Williams and Boicourt both have two interceptions for a total of four.

1ST HALF MEMORABLE MOMENT

To avoid a downpour on Friday, Versailles and Southern Boone agreed to play on a Thursday and the Class 2 Tigers were ready to go against a Class 3 state-ranked Eagles team as they walked away with a 30-22 win. Versailles jumped out to an early lead and found a way to preserve it throughout the night. Williams led a balanced offensive attack at quarterback as he put up 159 of the team’s 202 rushing yards while completing 13 of his 21 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Wyatt Espinosa led the receiving corps with seven receptions for 86 yards and a score and senior receiver Colbey Boicourt also hauled in a touchdown pass as one of six different receivers to record at least one catch. One of the biggest keys of the night was time of possession as Versailles found a way to convert six fourth downs. Meanwhile, the defense recorded seven tackles for a loss to frustrate the Eagles just enough. The win was Versailles’ second over a Class 3 opponent in 2018 and the first over Southern Boone since 2012. Coach Broc Silvers called it one of the biggest upsets for the program in the past six years.

1ST HALF STAR PERFORMER

Opposing ball carriers may prefer to be tackled by someone other than Trotter. After leading the team in tackles a season ago with 141 including a school record 15 tackles for a loss, the returning 2nd Team All-Conference linebacker has not skipped a beat and has hunted down the football all season with 63.5 tackles (12.7 per game) in just the first five games and has 39 more tackles than any other teammate. He has been a force in the backfield with 10.5 tackles for a loss including three sacks and is well on pace to finish the season with over 100 tackles once again. Offensively, the junior has also been able to compliment junior quarterback Coby Williams in the running game as the team’s second leading rusher and can be utilized in the passing game as well with two receptions for 27 yards. As long as Trotter can continue to remain highly active from sideline to sideline, the Tigers may very well continue to remain competitive over the second half of the year.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The season got off to a sluggish start at Knob Noster, but back-to-back wins against larger Class 3 opponents was a welcome change of pace for Versailles. After last week’s impressive shutout win over California, the Tigers have already matched their win total from last season with two of the tougher opponents (Southern Boone and Blair Oaks) in the rearview mirror. More times than not, the offense and defense have come up big in key situations. Whether it was some late-game heroics against Buffalo, the ability to move the chains and outlast Southern Boone or simply recording the first shutout win since 2012, the Tigers have found a way to get the job done with a balanced offensive attack that gets plenty of assets involved and a defense capable of flying to the football. A total of nine receivers have at least one catch and eight different Tigers have at least one carry while the defense is averaging 6.7 tackles for a loss. The remaining teams on the schedule have a combined record of 9-11 and as long as Versailles continues to utilize this same successful formula, the Tigers can add a few more wins as they prepare for the playoffs.