Garrett Rigby has commanded the Tucker Tigers high-powered rushing Wing-T offense all season from the quarterback spot. In the first round of the state playoffs the senior signal caller balanced the run with the pass.
Rigby passed for a season-high three touchdowns while running backs Chris Broadwater and Myles Donaldson each rushed for over 100 yards in a 38-28 victory over visiting Langston Hughes.
Behind the play of Rigby the Tigers scored four touchdowns on six first half possessions to open up what began as a back and forth affair.
Sam Bryant scored on a 4-yard touchdown to put Tucker ahead 7-0. Langston Hughes answered back in two plays when Isaiah Green hit Karam Puckett for a 56-yard touchdown to even the score with just over three minutes gone by in the opening quarter.
The Panthers would recover a fumble on the ensuing kickoff but were turned over on downs by the Tigers. Moments later Rigby found leading receiver Joshua Vann for a 27-yard touchdown pass to put Tucker up 14-7. Langston Hughes again answered back with a Green 1-yard touchdown run to even the score at 14 with 37 seconds left in the quarter. Green’s 38-yard pass to Rashad Burch set up the score.
Rigby went back to air capping an eight-play 73-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Sam Bryant. Rigby later hit Vann again, this time from 20 yards out, giving the Tigers a 28-14 halftime lead.
Tucker stretched the lead to 21 points in the third quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by Sam Bryant with 7:03 left.
Langston Hughes mounted a rally as Green hit Tony Jones Jr on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third and then scored his second rushing touchdown from a yard out in the fourth quarter to pull Hughes to within 35-28 with 7:09 remaining. Tucker put the game away on its next possession as Adam Lippy made a 27-yard field goal for the final 38-28 margin with 2:25 left in the game.
Tucker (7-4) will travel to South Forsyth (10-1) in the second round. Tucker faces the War Eagles for the first time since 2003 and leads the all-time series 2-0.
Langston Hughes (5-6) will look toward next season with much experience gained for a youthful team that will only lose three starters on each side of the ball.