PREP FOOTBALL: West Point falls to Lawrence County 34-9

West Point running back Ollie Howell (27) runs past defenders during the Warriors’ 34-9 loss to Lawrence County Friday night. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – After winning an overtime thriller at Douglas last week, the West Point Warriors returned home Friday night to renew their rivalry with the Red Devils of Lawrence County. However, the ball didn’t quite bounce the West Point’s way this week and the Warriors dropped the regional matchup to Lawrence County 34-9.

Both teams exchanged punts on their opening possessions, but the Red Devils’ second drive of the night was cut short near midfield by a West Point interception. The Warriors were able to pick up big gains and move the chains on the ground, but penalties stalled the drive, and they were forced to punt. Lawrence County connected on a big pass play down the sideline to get deep into West Point territory and capped off a scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to make it a 7-0 game at the start of the second quarter.

Big runs by Ollie Howell and Garit Roberson kept the ball moving on the Warriors’ next possession but they were slowed down by penalties once again forced to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Omar Segundo, trimming the lead to 7-3 midway through the second quarter. The Red Devils responded quickly, finishing another dive in the end zone to stretch the lead to 14-3 and following a West Point punt, Lawrence Couty was able to punch one in as the first half expired to make it a 21-3 game at the break.

The Warriors managed to put together a strong drive midway through the third, capping it off with a 6-yard touchdown run by Roberson. The ensuing two-point conversion attempt was no good and West Point trailed 21-9 with about four minutes to play in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the home crowd, those were the last points the Warriors were able to get on the board and the Red Devils tacked on two more touchdowns run in the final frame to pull away and win it 34-9.

West Point falls to 3-4 with the loss and will look to get back in the win column on the road against Ardmore next week.

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