Falcons drop battle with Columbia

Kenny Squires from Lincoln County High School (28) hung on to this pass in the Falcons region game on the road at Columbia.

Lincoln County High School’s Falcons went down on the road to Columbia 30-21.

LCHS dug a hole early turning the ball over twice in their own territory in the first quarter. With 11:53 in the second frame, the Falcons were down 20-0.

But the Blue and Red kept up the fight putting up 21 unanswered points. With 2:23 in the third, the Falcons were on top 21-20.

The kicking game would decide the victor. At the 2:23 mark in the fourth, the Lions got two shots at a field goal. The first from 44 yards out missed its mark but the Falcons were offsides. Columbia’s second attempt from the 39 was good.

“We turned it over twice in the first quarter,” Coach Kevin Rose said. “We got down 20-0 and were down 20-7 at the half, it probably should have been 7-7 at the half but you can’t dig yourself a hole like that on the road. I was proud of our guys, they came back and took the lead 21-20 and had a great chance to win there at the end.”

“You’ve got to give their kid credit,” he continued. “He comes in and knocks in a big field goal to win the game. We didn’t finish well in the last two or three drives we had. Their kid came in and kick a big field goal for the win – you’ve got to give him credit.”

“We’re competing our tails off and that makes you proud,” he added. “We’ve got to clean some stuff up obviously, we’ve got to take better care of the football. We’re going back to work Monday to get better.”

The first score of the night came at the 4:02 mark in the first period on a 7-yard pass by the Lions. The drive started at Columbia’s 22 yard line.

Columbia’s second score came after recovering a fumble at the Falcons 27. Four plays later they scored on a 14-yard pass, the PAT was no good.

In their next possession the Falcons coughed up the ball at their own 35 yard line. Two plays later Columbia scored on a 14-yard run putting the Lions up 20-0.

Parker Webb connected with Eric Greenwood on a 6-yard pass. Reid Hardin was good on the PAT and the Falcons trailed 20-7 with 5:33 in the second.

The next score for LCHS came on a 61-yard romp by Parker Webb. Hardin was good on the PAT and it was a 20-14 ball game with 9:25 in the third.

At the 2:23 mark in the third, the Falcons took the lead 21-20 when Webb connected with Miles Smith on a 33-yard pass. Hardin was good on the PAT.

Columbia regained the lead, 23-21 when they connected on a 39-yard field goal after the Falcons turned the ball over on downs. There was 2:26 remaining in the game.

LCHS turned the ball over on downs in their final possession. Columbia’s final score of the night game on a 9 yard rush by the Lions with 1:34 on the clock.

This week the Falcons host Tullahoma for Homecoming on Friday night with kick-off at 7 pm. In lieu of the typical pep rally on the square, there will be a parade around the school at 1:30 pm with a pep rally to follow in The Pit.

Scoring by Quarters: LCHS, 00, 07, 14, 00 (final 20); CCHS, 13, 07, 00, 10 (final 30)

Offense: LCHS finished with 256 total yards with 197 coming on the ground and 59 in the air; CCHS, a total of 236 total yards with 122 on the ground and 114 in the air.

Rushing: LCHS, Parker Webb, 27 carries for 193 yards, 1 TD, 2 fumbles; Angel Martinez, 8 carries for 25 yards; Ben Davis, 1 for -1; Scott McBride, 1 for -20.

Passing: LCHS, Parker Webb completed 9 of 15 attempts for 50 yards, 2 TD.

Receiving: LCHS, Miles Smith, 4 catches for 50 yards, 1 TD; Eric Green, 1 for 6 yards, 1 TD; Kenny Squires, 3 for 3 yards; Joseph Spears, 1 for 0.

First Downs: LCHS, 10; CCHS, 14

Tackles: LCHS, Seth Phillips, 12; Jaxxon Badgett 6, 1 sack; Chace Treola, 4; Braden Cannon, 3.5; Nathan Sysenkham, 2.5; Nate McAdams, 1.5; Montez Pullen 1.5; Jay Beddingfield, 1.5; T.D. Tucker, 1.5; Hank Sorrells, .5; Aaron Patterson, 1 sack.

Punting: LCHS, Parker Webb, 2 for 21.5 average, long of 33.

PAT: LCHS, Reid Hardin, 3 of 3.

Turnovers: LCHS, 2 fumbles; CCHS, 1 fumble

Penalties-Yards: LCHS, 6 for 51 yards; CCHS, 13 for 121 yards.