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W. Limestone keeps playoff chances alive

From staff reports

West Limestone High kept alive its playoff hopes with an important 31-19 win over Lexington in Class 3A, Region 8.

The Wildcats (4-3, 2-3 in Region 8) had to rally to do it. They trailed 12-0 in the second quarter before beginning their comeback.

Palmer Askew scored on a 5-yard run to cut the advantage to 12-6 at halftime.

Tommy Reyer tied it in the third quarter with a 5-yard scoring run. Then the Wildcats went ahead 19-12 on Reyer's 8-yard scoring pass to Askew.

Askew made it 25-12 in the fourth quarter with a 76-yard touchdown run. Reyer added a 15-yard scoring run in the final period to cap the scoring.

Clements 36, Lauderdale County 35: Jameson Bridges found Ryan Blankenship twice in overtime — the first time for a touchdown and the second for the winning 2-point conversion — as Clements beat Lauderdale County.

The touchdown and conversion were an answer to Joseph Patterson's 10-yard TD pass to Ethan Wallen as Lauderdale County took a 35-28 lead on the first overtime possession.

Clements (2-5, 2-3 in Region 8) now is tied for fourth in the region with the Tigers and own the tiebreaker over them.

Clements coach Barry Daniel said he never hesitated in calling for the 2-point conversion pass after Bridges hit Blankenship on a 10-yard pass that pulled the Colts with 35-34.

"The kids needed a win, so we went for two," Daniel said. "We talked about it with the coaches before the overtime and decided that if they scored and made the extra point we'd go for two."

Clements tied the game with 49 seconds to play in regulation on a 4-yard pass from Bridges to Seth Batchelor. The same combination clicked for the tying 2-point conversion.

Lauderdale County missed a 45-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

Patterson scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 3 yards and he also threw a 39-yard TD pass to Ovarys Nance to spark Lauderdale County.

Wallen returned a field goal that came up short 90 yards for a touchdown. Bridges threw for 191 yards and the Colts added 120 rushing yards. Lauderdale County had 162 passing yards and 111 on the ground.

Colbert Heights 27, Elkmont 24: Colbert Heights scored a touchdown in overtime to beat the Red Devils.

Elkmont (3-4, 3-2 in Region 8) opened the extra period with a 25-yard field goal from David Solomon.

Colbert Heights (7-0, 5-0) answered with a 4-yard touchdown run by Cory Speegle.

Elkmont took a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter when Brandon Baker scored his third touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run. He also scored on runs of 1 and 27 yards.

Colbert Heights answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Yates to Colby Borden. Chris Borden's extra point tied it. Colbert Heights tried a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but Solomon blocked it.

Yates finished with 340 yards on 28-of-41 passing with three touchdowns.

New Hope 14, Danville 10: Trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, Danville drove from its own 8 to the New Hope 1 before losing a fumble.

The Hawks (0-7) forced New Hope to punt, and Clint McAbee returned it 45 yards, but the play was called back because of a penalty for blocking in the back.

Danville's first-half points came on a 29-yard field goal by Corey Evans and a 22-yard pass from Tyler Beck to Schuyler Forman. Evans added the extra point.

Danville's Levi George picked up 205 rushing yards on 41 carries. He accounted for all but 48 of the Hawks' yardage for the night.

Class 3A Roundup

Colbert Heights 27, Elkmont 24

West Limestone 31, Lexington 19

Clements 36, Lauderdale County 35 (OT)

New Hope 14, Danville 10

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