average. The nine points the Mountaineers managed on Friday was their lowest scoring output of the season.
Most all of the scoring came in the first quarter. LFO led 12-0 on a 1-yard run by Nathan Williams and a 2-yard run by Jacob Brown. North Murray quarterback Preston Poag, Jr. added a 1-yard TD of his own and kicker Owen Hannah booted a 25-yard field goal to cut the Warriors’ lead to 12-9.
That would all the scoring until the fourth quarter when Brown helped ice the victory with a 17-yard run, followed by an Alec Gentry extra point.
Brown would have his best game as a Warrior with 132 yards on just 13 carries. Williams would bull his way to 116 yards on 28 attempts and quarterback Malachi Powell would run for 43 yards and throw for 52 on 2-of-4 passing, including a 43-yard completion to Giovanni Barroso.
Poag was limited to 67 yards in the air on 6-of16 attempts, while he was picked off once by Jacob King and sacked three times, twice by James Beddington and once by Braxton Jones. Noah Lunsford led all North Murray runners with 69 yards on 14 carries.
LFO also limited the Mountaineers to less than 40 yards of offense in the second half.
The Warriors’ last playoff home game was 19-0 first-round decision over Mount Zion-jonesboro in their historic 2004 season. That was also the last time LFO raised a region championship trophy.