PREP FOOTBALL: Hanceville drops OT heartbreaker at Lawrence County 17-14

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The Hanceville Bulldogs handled Fultondale at home Friday night 35-3. (Katie Drummond/The Cullman Tribune)

MOULTON, Ala. – Hanceville traveled to Lawrence County for a non-region battle Friday night and four quarters weren’t enough to settle things between these two squads. The game went into overtime locked at 14 but the Red Devils were able to edge out the Bulldogs in the added time to claim a hard-fought, 17-14 win over Hanceville.

The Bulldogs struck first when quarterback Zach Campbell connected with L.J. Smith through the air for a 20-yard touchdown and Dylan Lazzaro’s extra point made it a 7-0 game late in the first quarter. Hanceville went into the second quarter leading 7-0 but the Red Devils were able to find the end zone and tie the game at 7 with just over three minutes remaining in the half.

However, the Bulldogs responded, and put together another scoring drive capped off by a 32-yard touchdown run by Brosnan Ward to pull back in front 14-7 going into the locker room at halftime.

Hanceville maintained its 14-7 lead through a scoreless third quarter, but the Red Devils put another touchdown on the board and tied things up at 14 with around five minutes left to play. Neither team was able to get any more points on the board in regulation and the game went into overtime.

Lawrence County’s first possession ended with a 29-yard field goal to make it a 17-14 game and unfortunately for the Hanceville fans in the stadium, the Bulldogs fumbled on their ensuing possession, allowing the Red Devils to hold on and claim a 17-14 win in overtime.

Hanceville will try to bounce back from the loss next week when the Bulldogs travel for a rivalry matchup against Good Hope.

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