PREP FOOTBALL: West Point downs Lawrence County on the road 21-7

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West Point’s Garit Roberson (8) races past defenders in West Point’s 21-7 win at Lawrence County Friday night. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

MOULTON, Ala. – The West Point Warriors traveled north on Highway 157 to face the Lawrence County Red Devils for a big region matchup. West Point fans filled the visitor side of the stadium, and they had plenty celebrate as the Warriors picked up a 21-7 victory over the Red Devils.

The Warriors won the toss and deferred to the second half. West Point kicked off to the Red Devils and Ryder McGregory took the opening kick at his own 20-yard line and raced 80 yards the other way for a touchdown, putting the Red Devils in front 7-0 with just 13 seconds gone off the clock.

Neither West Point nor Lawrence County could get anything going on offense in the first quarter. The West Point defense looked great with Aiden Dujoud, JD Cochran and Riley Wayne leading the way for the Warriors.

In the second quarter, following a bad punt, the Warriors found themselves at the Red Devil 35. Hunter Hensley moved the offense down to the 25 and on second down, Hensley found Parker Marks sprinting down the right side of the field for a 25-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was good, and the Warriors and Red Devils were tied at 7.

The game remained tied at 7 going into halftime.

The third quarter was all about the Warrior defense as they shut the Lawrence County offense down. The Warrior offense, behind Hensley, Garit Roberson and Noah Laney, moved the ball down the field all night.

A couple of holding penalties stopped one drive and a dropped pass held up another.

As the fourth quarter started, West Point found themselves on their own 45. Running back Eli Sims burst through the Red Devil defense and ran 55 yards for the touchdown. After the PAT, West Point took a 14-7 lead.

The final score of the night came on special teams, just like the first. The Warriors had been putting pressure on the Red Devil punter all night and this time a bad snap and the quickness of the Warriors special teams dropped the punter at the 25-yard line. Hensley proceeded to move the team down to the 6 before a penalty put the ball at the 3-yard line. Hensley then called his own number and took the ball around the right side for the final score of the night. The PAT was good and wrapped up a 21-7 win for West Point. 

The Warriors improve to 2-5 with the win and they’ll be back home next week for another Region 8 battle against Ardmore.

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