Tigers knock down Austin-East to earn region win | High School

KNOXVILLE — Pigeon Forge overcame a slow start on Friday night to pick up a road region win at Austin-East, 24-14.

The Tigers fumbled on their first drive and then fumbled a bad snap on their next offensive play to trail the Roadrunners early, but then they fought back to take a 7-6 lead at halftime after running back Ayden Littles scored a touchdown in the second quarter. 

Brady Maples scored near the end of the third quarter for Pigeon Forge to take a 14-6 lead, before the Tigers kicked field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

The Roadrunners responded with a two-play scoring drive, but then Littles brought the Tigers lead back to 10 points with a 16-yard score with 4:53 left in the game.

As Austin-East was driving with two minutes to go, senior Noah Dyer recorded an interception to put the game on ice.

Pigeon Forge is now 5-2 overall and 3-0 in 3A Region 2.

They host senior night next week in their final regular season home game versus Happy Valley. 

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