On Friday night, Lawrence County traveled down to Worthington to play their annual season ending matchup with the Rams of Raceland just as they had played for the past 33 years . It was Senior Night for the Rams and the fans were treated to an old fashioned hardcore hard hitting football game that delivered on all the hype. It was also Raceland’s Head Coach Mike Sammons 100th game leading the Rams.
It was a matchup of class A powerhouse and the Dawgs of Lawrence County a contender in 3A. The stats of this game tells it all , the numbers were almost even and so was this game . On the season Raceland giving up less than a hundred yards rushing a game , Lawrence County averaging 270 yards rushing the football . In an interview with D & D Sports prior to the game, Coach Alan Short stated “These two teams are balanced in all phases and I expect a hard fought close game, one big play or stop could decide the outcome. “
It was the Dawgs, who struck first. After a long drive in the first quarter by Raceland that stalled the Dawgs took over the ball on their own 35. The Dawgs quickly responded and drove 65 yards and a score with 1:15 to go in the first quarter. Doug Hall runs 35 yards off of right tackle into the end zone which turned out to be the only score of the first half and the extra point by Logan Southers made it 7-0 Bulldogs. Doug Hall led the Bulldogs in rushing in the first half with 8 carries for 90 yards. The defense in the first half was the key for both teams as both high powered offenses were held to 7 points combined.
In the 3rd quarter, after a Rams interception, Logan Lundy lead the Rams down the field and capped off the drive with an 11 yard run to tie the game 7 -7. The score came at 7:27 left in the 3rd as the extra point by Peyton Ison tied the game. The game would remain tied as the teams headed into the 4 th quarter.
Quickly in the 4 th quarter, Lundy completes a pass from 5 yards out for a touchdown on a crucial 3 rd down play making the score 14-7 with 11:54 to go in the game. Now trailing by 7 Lawrence County forces fumble. The Bulldogs mark back to scores as Blue Fletcher finds the end zone from 21 yards out. The extra point brings the game to a 14-14 tie. The game stayed right here as the game entered overtime.
In overtime, the Dawgs got the ball first and Dylan Ferguson goes in from 10 yards out to bring the score to 20-14 . It was at this point the big play that both coaches alluded to in their pregame interviews. That extra point was blocked keeping the door open for the Rams.
The Rams now took their turn in the overtime period. Logan Lundy goes in from 2 yards. The all important extra point was good as the Rams win in overtime 21-20. What a game and congratulations to coach Sammons on his 69 win in 100 games as the Rams head coach.
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