LFO boots Har­al­son County on Goins’ last-sec­ond kick

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

It may not have been the kick heard ‘round the world, but it def­i­nitely made some noise in parts of Tal­lapoosa, Ga…..and all of War­rior Na­tion.

Se­nior kicker Bai­ley Goins split the up­rights on a 36-yard field goal as time ex­pired to pro­pel LFO to a 17-14 win at Har­al­son County in a Re­gion 6-AAA cross­over game Fri­day night.

It was a sweet mea­sure of re­venge for the War­riors who lost 55-0 to the Rebels last year in Fort Oglethorpe.

LFO (2-3) led 7-6 at in­ter­mis­sion af­ter a score­less first quar­ter. Ruddy Ware hooked up with quar­ter­back Zach Vaughn on a 29-yard TD pass in the sec­ond quar­ter as Goins added the point af­ter. The Rebels’ six points came on an 11-yard run by Trey­lon Shep­pard, but Har­al­son missed the ex­tra point.

Vaughn scored the lone points of the third quar­ter as he called his own num­ber from five yards out. An­other Goins kick would make it 14-6 headed into the fourth.

Har­al­son County (0-4) tied the game up with a touch­down on a 40yard run by Shep­pard and the Rebels made good on the two-point con­ver­sion to knot the game at 14. But Goins’ kick would pre­vent the game from go­ing to over­time.

LFO out­gained Har­al­son County in to­tal yards, 370 to 199. The War­riors had a bal­anced at­tack with 187 yards rush­ing and 183 through the air. Nathan Wil­liams ran for a team-high 102 yards, while Ware had 56 yards re­ceiv­ing.

LFO had 22 first downs to just 12 for the Rebels and con­verted 7-of-11 third down chances, while keep­ing the Rebels from pick­ing up a sin­gle third down (0-8).

The War­riors will be­gin 6-AAA North sub­re­gion play this Fri­day with their an­nual Ca­toosa County clash against Ring­gold at Tommy Cash Sta­dium.

LFO will be try­ing to snap a 12-game los­ing streak to their ri­vals.

Bai­ley Goins nailed a 36-yard field goal as time ex­pired to give LFO a 17-14 road win at Har­al­son County. (Photo by Lind­sey Thomas)

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