It wasn’t an example of how to play the game but it may have been a start in defining the importance of attitude amidst adversity.
The Tiger defense had to have the patience of Job to wait for the sluggish offense to get untracked. Time and again, the Savages began their offensive marches inside Tiger territory.
Most of the time, the defense was up to the task, and, thanks in part to some heavy hitting, the Savages turned the ball over five times in this game.
In the end, the Tigers produced 23-unanswered points to provide the margin of victory. Of course, six of those points came junior Dustin Holland, who made the play of the game.
• He sacked the quarterback and made him fumble.
• He picked up the fumble and ran it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Holland finished with 4.5 tackles, two sacks and the forced fumble.
“It was a great win for our seniors,” McCarty said after the game.
ECU quarterback Spencer Bond had a workmanlike game (for him) by completing 14 of 27 passing for 216 yards, his only bad moment coming with an end zone interception that could have put the game out of reach.
Bond also put the final points on the board with a one-yard touchdown after the Savages had cut the margin.
Tiger linebacker Cole Weber and senior Ruben Tiller had interceptions for East Central that thwarted Savage drives.
It may have looked like the end — and for a group of seniors, it was.
For the rest of the team, it looked like the beginning of better days.