PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.-- A new coach, a new system and new results. The Pigeon Forge Tigers won their first playoff game in school history last Friday night.
"For us to win a first round playoff game for the school and the community was just huge," said head coach Scott Meadows.
Meadows has been around the area for a while, but this is his first season with the Tigers.
"Day one, we couldn't do a lot actually," said Meadows. "We kept getting better and kept working and so forth."
Pigeon Forge beat Sullivan North 34-27 in the first round of the 3A playoffs. That was after they started the game down 14-0.
"We had a pick-six on our first drive and whenever they kicked off to us we had three-and-out and we punted," said Meadows. "They took it right back down the field and scored."
"A lot of times I've had to bring the players together and kind of keep focused and this time I didn't have to."
"Everyone just wanted that first playoff win for the school and the community," said senior Devin Boyd. "He didn't have to say anything because we all knew what we had to do."
"It being the first playoff win and me being a senior it was just a great feeling," explained Boyd.
Pigeon Forge will go on the road again Friday night, this time to face Alcoa.
"It's a huge challenge for us, but it's good for us," said Meadows. "Our guys have never been in this situation before. Playing a team like that, our guys can kind of see where we need to get to."
"We're not looking at what their name is or anything," said Boyd. "We're just trying to get that win."
Pigeon Forge and Alcoa kickoff at seven on Friday night.