The St. John-Hudson Tigers were over matched and fell to the Central Plains Oilers 56-0

Too strong and too fast. The Central Plains Oilers were just simply a better team than the St. John-Hudson Tigers on Oct. 20 and handed the Tigers a 56-0 loss in a game that was called at the half.

The Tigers were coming off a week when they had to forfeit because of injury and illness. The team was back but still struggling with injuries.

"We were still pretty bet up. Sprained ankles don't heal up until the season is over," said Tiger Coach Mike Joiner. "The injuries were a hinderance but that didn't determine the outcome of the game."

Central Plains is a very strong football team. Joiner was glad they were able to play the game and didn't have to forfeit.

"We gave it our best effort and that makes me happy," Joiner said. "We're not going to worry about it and move on."

The 1st and 10s in the game pretty much told the story. The Tigers only managed one 1st and 10 because they just couldn't move the ball. On the other hand, Central Plains only had three 1st and 10s because they would move the ball down the field and score without needing a 1st and 10. That's how good they were, Joiner said.

"They are a fine football team. They have a legitimate shot at wining the state championship," Joiner said.

The Tigers next game is away at Little River at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. This is going to be another big test for the Tigers. Joiner said Little River is incredibly big. They have one player at 292 pounds and another at 315 pounds. Little River played Central Plains and it was a close game for a while so it will be a challenge for the team. Joiner expects Little River to take second place in the league.

As for the Tigers, they will take the field Thursday and will be playing for pride. No matter what the circumstances, the team doesn't quit. They give their best effort and as long as they give 100 percent, Joiner will be a happy camper.

The Tigers did pull off two victories this season. Without the injuries, they also had a legitimate shot at Canton Galva when they were down 10 at the half.

"I couldn't be prouder. It's truly been an honor to coach these young men this year," Joiner said.

While this season is coming to an end, the future of football at St. John is under discussion. With 10 players on the varsity and 9 in the junior high, its impossible to scrimmage and players don't have to compete for position. There is some discussion about cooperating with Stafford but for now its just discussion, Joiner said.

"I don't know what the future holds," Joiner said. "What it (discussion) all means, I have no idea. I'm here to coach football and keep my nose out of that."