After two impressive wins to start off their season, the MSA Tigers were looking to ride their momentum into week 5 against the defending champs, who are yet to be challenged so far this season. The Tigers however struggled to match the Hounds intensity and could only score against the Hounds’ defense very late in the game.
The Tigers received the opening kickoff but weren’t off to a good start: a fumbled snap followed by a false start and a delay of game had the Tigers looking at a 2nd&30 on their first drive, the Hellhounds would then start their drive inside the Tigers’ 30-yard line. A brilliant defensive sequence by the Tigers however managed to force their opponent off the field without scoring any points, but their offense was unable to get anything going.
The Hounds capped off their next drive with a beautiful touchdown pass from QB Brandon Ramon to the former Tiger Omar Hashem, but that the Tigers’ defense managed to keep it a one-score game until half way through the 2nd quarter.
The game’s turning point came late in the 2nd quarter after another impressive goal line stand by the Tigers’ defense to keep the Hounds out of the endzone, their offense took the field inside their 5-yard line, where a fumbled snap would give the ball back to the Hellhounds on the 1-yard line; Ramon sneaked the ball in for another 6 points. Since then, things didn’t go well after that for the Tigers, who had only 1 play that went for positive yards in the first half.
The Hounds took the ball to start the second half and wasted no time getting down the field as Ramon ran in his second touchdown of the day. What followed was an absolute domination by the Hounds; they scored on all of their following offensive drives, and their defense forced two turnovers. The Tigers’ offense found some life running the football, but very late in the game, they scored on a recovered on-side kick and an impressive run from Hussam (Twix) on their very last drive.
Despite the Tigers’ loss, there are still reasons to remain optimistic; they are still in the lead for the #2 spot in the West, and their revamped defense under new DC Mohamed Anbar has shown major signs of improvement. They get a week off before going back-to-back against the Titans and the Bears.
As for the Hounds, they will be looking to get their players ready for their last – and possibly toughest – two games of their season. Superstar RB Aly Samir and WR Youssef Zaitoun have been battling injuries and the Hound will definitely need to rely on their talents if they are to repeat an undefeated season. A battle with their bitter rival GUC Eagles awaits them in week 7.