LFO runs win­ning streak to three with shutout

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Daniel Bell

The Coahulla Creek Colts had a rough night Fri­day, los­ing their Home­com­ing game to LFO, 420, in a game where the vis­it­ing War­riors scored six rush­ing touch­downs and held the home team to just 141 to­tal yards.

The Colts (0-6 over­all, 0-1 in Re­gion 6-AAA North) found them­selves in a tough po­si­tion right from the be­gin­ning as the War­riors re­turned the open­ing kick­off to the Colts’ 12-yard line. LFO se­nior quar­ter­back Zach Vaughn scored a touch­down four plays later on an op­tion run, his first of three rush­ing touch­downs on the night.

Coahulla Creek looked ready to an­swer on their first pos­ses­sion as sopho­more quar­ter­back Cade Bates con­nected with ju­nior run­ning back Michael King on a short cross­ing route that King car­ried down­field for a 50-yard gain. How­ever, the drive stalled in­side the 20 and the Colts were forced to turn the ball over on downs four plays later.

The Colts would drive into LFO ter­ri­tory three more times on the night, twice into the red­zone, but each trip would end with a turnover on downs.

Vaughn and ju­nior run­ning back Nathan Wil­liams com­bined for six runs of 20 yards or more. Wil­liams added on two rush­ing TD’s, one from 28 yards out and an­other from 22, to go with Vaughn’s three. Se­nior run­ning back Bran­don Clay­ton tacked on the fi­nal score in the fourth quar­ter as the game moved to a run­ning clock.

Wil­liams piled up 216 yards rush­ing, while Vaughn and three oth­ers helped LFO go for 314 of their 390 to­tal yards on the ground. K.K. Rowe also had a big 69-yard kick re­turn.

De­spite the lop­sided score, there were sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties for a swing in mo­men­tum as LFO fum­bled on three dif­fer­ent plays, in­clud­ing once on a strip sack by Colts’ sopho­more de­fen­sive end Bryson Ma­nis. But the War­riors man­aged to re­cover the ball each time and main­tain pos­ses­sion.

Coahulla Creek will head just up the road to face Mur­ray County in Chatsworth next Fri­day night, while LFO will en­joy a bye week be­fore they get a visit from the Indians on Oct. 20.

The win is the third in a row for LFO (4-3, 2-0), giv­ing the Redand-White their first three-game win­ning streak since the 2014 sea­son. The last time LFO had a win­ning record at least seven games into a sea­son was 2012, when they fin­ished 7-3.

The LFO de­fense, led by se­nior line­backer Drew Woodard (49) bot­tle up a Coahulla Creek run­ning back on Fri­day night. The War­riors gave up just 141 to­tal yards in a 42-0 blowout that gave them a three-game win streak for the first time since the 2014 sea­son. (Photo by Lind­sey Thomas)

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