Late score pushes Ar­muchee past LFO

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The LFO War­riors struck first, but the Ar­muchee In­di­ans struck last as they claimed a 27-23 home vic­tory in a tribal grid­iron bat­tle in Floyd County on Fri­day.

LFO’s de­fense opened the scor­ing less than four min­utes into the con­test as Johnathan Crutcher re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 10 yards for a score. Bai­ley Goins’ kick would stake the War­riors to an early 7-0 lead.

Less than four min­utes later, LFO got on the board again, this time it was the of­fense get­ting it done as quar­ter­back Zach Vaughn plunged in from a yard out be­fore Goins added the PAT.

But Ar­muchee (1-1) would an­swer with two scores to tighten up the game be­fore the first quar­ter ended. Adam Hart ran one in from 39 yards out, fol­lowed by a Si­mon Wil­son kick, and quar­ter­back Bray­den Perry matched Vaughn with his own 1-yard run.

How­ever, a 2-point con­ver­sion pass failed, keep­ing LFO in the lead by one and the Red-and-White added to their ad­van­tage in the open­ing minute of the sec­ond quar­ter as Vaughn kept it on a 4-yard run. The point af­ter failed and LFO would take a 20-13 lead into the locker room.

Ar­muchee would fi­nally pull even at the 9:09 mark of the third quar­ter as Ja­cob Hen­der­son got loose on a 41-yard run, fol­lowed by a Wil­son kick. Goins would re­gain the lead for LFO with 5:53 left in the quar­ter on a 30-yard field goal.

The In­di­ans would go in front for good as Hen­der­son scored from four yards out with 8:27 re­main­ing as Wil­son pro­vid­ing the ex­tra point. LFO would get one fi­nal crack to win the game in the clos­ing sec­onds, but came up short.

LFO out­gained Ar­muchee on the ground, 256-122, de­spite hav­ing just 36 car­ries to the In­di­ans’ 37. Vaughn was 8-of-23 in the air for 79 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion.

Nathan Wil­liams rushed 12 times for 144 yards, while Vaughn had 52 yards on 11 car­ries. Ruddy Ware pace the re­ceivers with six grabs good for 58 yards.

LFO (0-2) will be off this week as they get set to travel to Gor­don Lee on Sept. 8 in an­other non-re­gion con­test.

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