Red Devils can't overcome early deficit
Dewitt accounts for 5 TDs for E. Limestone
By Ashley Hargrove
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Lawrence County knew coming into Friday night's game that it was going to have its hands full against a Brooks team with a powerful offense.
With running back Kenyatta Roach and quarterback Marcus Corbin leading the way for Brooks, Lawrence County head coach Ernie Ferguson and his team knew if they wanted to come away with a win, they were going to have to stop them first.
The Red Devils managed to shut down Roach in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Lions came away with a 42-14 victory.
Roach finished with 80 rushing yards and a touchdown run of 44 yards. Corbin rushed for 39 yards and threw for 135 on 7-of-11 passing.
"We've played a lot better than we have the last couple weeks, especially against a team that has so many weapons," Ferguson said. "We were trying to stop Corbin a little bit and didn't do it as well as we wanted to but not too many people latch on him."
Brooks (6-1) scored on all four of its offensive series in the first quarter, leading 27-0 at the end of the period. A 5-yard touchdown run by Roach with 14 seconds left before the half made it 34-0.
"Our main focus was trying to get them to throw the ball," Ferguson said. "We knew we didn't have the speed to keep up with them, so we were going to try, and keep them from getting outside and tonight that was our main problem.
"They kept getting outside. They're just faster than us and it showed once they broke the corner."
The Red Devils got on the board in the third quarter on a 6-yard keeper by Radney Wallace. The 2-point conversion run by Zachary Prince was good with 9:37 remaining.
Wallace scored once more for Lawrence County on another 2-yard run. The try for the 2-point conversion failed.
"We told them at halftime to come out and fight. It's a battle and to come out and battle and come out and fight," Ferguson said. "That's one thing I was proud of the kids for. It was 34-0, and they could have given up easily, but they came out and fought. I was proud they didn't give up and kept trying to go after them."
East Limestone 55, Ardmore 27: Chad Dewitt accounted for five touchdowns on the ground and through the air for East Limestone.
He completed three touchdown passes, including a 46-yarder to Sam Chaney, a 25-yarder to Chaney and a 75-yarder to Neil King. He rushed 92 yards for a touchdown and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another.
He rushed for 99 yards and threw for 213 yards on 7-of-11 passing.
Collin Carter rushed 56 yards for another touchdown for East Limestone (6-1, 4-1 in Class 4A, Region 7).
Ardmore's Landon Curtis scored four touchdowns of his own, two on the ground and two on pass receptions.
He finished with 104 rushing yards on 26 carries. He scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards and caught scoring passes of 45 and 14 yards from E.J. Barnes.
Madison County 55, Priceville 6: Unbeaten Madison County rolled past Priceville, which fell to 3-4, including 2-3 in 4A, Region 7.
The Bulldogs scored their lone touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Logan Manthey to Jayson Hamilton in the second period.
Madison County's Cameron Cross rushed for 214 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 31, 97, 43 and 14 yards.
J.O. Johnson 41, Brewer 12: In Class 5A, Region 8 play, the Patriots fell at home to the Jaguars, who were ranked first in the state at one point this season.
J.O. Johnson (5-2, 3-2 in Region 8) rolled to a 35-0 lead through three quarters.
Brewer (3-4, 1-4) got both of its touchdowns in the final period. Chris Dickerson rushed 70 yards for a score, and Miles Cloer scored on a 2-yard run.
Brewer rolled up 254 rushing yards but committed four turnovers. J.O. Johnson rushed for 260 yards and turned over the ball only once.
DAR 27, East Lawrence 24: DAR won it on Chuck Bradley's 18-yard field goal with 29 seconds to play.
East Lawrence's Timmy McCoy scored twice on runs of 80 and 24 yards. He also rushed for a 2-point conversion to tie the game in the fourth period.
Class 5A/4A Roundup
J.O. Johnson 41, Brewer 12
Brooks 42, Lawrence County 14
DAR 27, East Lawrence 24
East Limestone 55, Ardmore 27
Madison County 55, Priceville 6
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