Ariton hands Straughn its first loss

Published 8:33 am Saturday, September 30, 2023

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The Ariton Purple Cats (3-3) snapped Class 3A’s Straughn Tigers (4-1) winning streak and handed them their first loss of the season on Friday night, 34-21.  

The Purple Cats rolled up 425 yards of offense with 313 yards passing and 112 yards rushing. Ariton jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and led 20-7 at halftime. While Straughn managed to cut the lead to 27-21 in the third quarter, Ariton scored another touchdown in the fourth to seal the win. 

Senior athlete Ian Senn was nearly impossible to stop, completing 20-of-25 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns along with rushing for 74 yards and another touchdown on 17 rushing attempts. Miles Tyler caught nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Jessie Pelham caught two passes for 85 yards and Brody Joyce caught three passes for 69 yards and one touchdown. Jayden Caple also returned three kicks for 94 yards.  

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Trevor Johnston led the Ariton defense with 14 tackles and four tackles-for-loss, while both Tyler and Senn earned eight tackles each. Senn also intercepted a pass. Avaughn Brown and Gabe Jones chipped in with seven tackles each and Caple had six tackles.  

 Ariton returns to region play next Friday, Oct. 6, against Cottonwood on the road.