Big plays doom LFO against Sono­rav­ille

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

On a night of big plays, the big­gest ones went the way of the vis­it­ing Sono­rav­ille Phoenix.

Sono­rav­ille scored three touch­downs on plays of 50 yards or more and spoiled Home­com­ing for the Lake­view-Fort Oglethorpe War­riors with a 38-10 vic­tory on Fri­day night, im­prov­ing to 3-1 on the sea­son.

The Phoenix struck for the first big play on the game’s first play as quar­ter­back Pa­trick Moore hit Casey Brooks down the side­line on a 67-yard touch­down pass. The first of five Daw­son Hol­brook ex­tra points gave the Red-andBlack a 7-0 lead just 19 sec­onds into the con­test.

LFO (1-2) would re­spond by driv­ing from their own 46 to the Sono­rav­ille 6, aided by a 15-yard, fourth-down face mask penalty. How­ever, Sono­rav­ille’s de­fense would bow its back and the War­riors would have to set­tle for a 23-yard Bai­ley Goins field goal.

Sono­rav­ille would strike quickly on its en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, need­ing less than three min­utes to cover 72 yards. Tris­tan Key went 45 yards on a run to move the ball to the LFO 16 and Moore cov­ered the rest of the dis­tance on a keeper.

After forc­ing an LFO punt, the Phoenix of­fense went back to work. A 36-yard catch by Tyler Lyles set up Sono­rav­ille at the LFO 21. Three plays later, Tren­ton Daniel scam­pered 13 yards to give his team a 21-3 lead with 10:09 left to play in the half.

To the War­riors’ credit, they re­fused to throw in the towel. LFO would get a de­fen­sive stop at its own 40 and marched 60 yards to the

end­zone, over­com­ing a hold­ing penalty and nearly los­ing a fum­ble in­side the red­zone.

Quar­ter­back Zach Vaughn hit Gabe Smith from 14 yards out as Smith made an in­cred­i­ble leap­ing catch over a Sono­rav­ille de­fender. Goins’ PAT would trim the gap to 21-10 with 3:18 left in the half.

But the Phoenix me­thod­i­cally drove from its own 33 to the LFO 8 as Hol­brook booted a 24-yard field goal as time ex­pired in the half. Sono­rav­ille got a big 21-yard catch by Daniel early in the drive to make up for a 15-yard penalty and a sack, which started the


After the two teams ex­changed punts to be­gin the se­cond half, Sono­rav­ille made two big back-to-back plays in a span of just 10 sec­onds. First, the de­fense snuffed out a fake punt at­tempt at mid­field with 4:05 left in the pe­riod and on the very next play, Key found a hole and raced 50 yards up the mid­dle to open up a 21-point lead.

LFO’s next drive fiz­zled out at the Sono­rav­ille 44 and the Phoenix would start at their own 20 after the punt went into the end­zone. Two plays later, Sono­rav­ille de­liv­ered the back­break­ing blow as Moore faked a hand­off and raced 77 yards down the side­lines for what

would turn out to be the fi­nal points of the night just three plays into the fourth quar­ter.

Moore had a huge night, com­plet­ing 11of-16 passes for 194 yards and rush­ing nine times for 95 yards while ac­count­ing for three touch­downs. He went 10-of-15 in the air for 186 yards in the open­ing half.

Key ran seven times for 103 yards, while Case Collins picked up 80 yards on 10 at­tempts. Brooks led all re­ceivers with 107 yards on just four catches.

Joe Lambert and Colton McReynolds had sacks for the Phoenix, while de­fen­sive back Blade Bryant had a key pass break-up in the first half, thwart­ing a po­ten­tial TD pass.

Vaughn threw for 115

yards on 9-of-18 pass­ing to seven dif­fer­ent re­ceivers and added 55 yards on 16 car­ries. Nathan Williams had 106 yards on 12 tough car­ries, while James Bed­ding­ton had two sacks for the LFO de­fense. Brax­ton Jones and Jonathan Cutcher also teamed up for a sack for the War­riors.

“Of­fen­sively, we were just very inconsistent and we didn’t play very well on de­fense after play­ing so well last week,” LFO head coach Bo Camp­bell said. “We gave up way too many big plays and we have to learn to be con­sis­tent if we’re go­ing to be a good foot­ball team.”

Sono­rav­ille will host Ring­gold this Fri­day night, while LFO will travel to Har­al­son County.

LFO’s James Bed­ding­ton grabs hold of Sono­rav­ille quar­ter­back Pa­trick Moore. Bed­ding­ton had a pair of sacks, but it wasn’t enough as the Phoenix claimed a 38-10 win. (Photo by Lind­sey Thomas)

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