Lincoln County High School’s cardiac Falcons kept fans on the edge of their seats to the buzzer, going down to Giles County, 38-34.

LCHS came from behind with a couple scores in the final frame that gave them the opportunity to win the barnburner, but penalties kept the Falcons from the end zone and put points on the board for the ‘Cats.

The Falcons led briefly in the second period, 14-13, after Cade and Rudy Cooper scored on passes from 40 and 29 yards out, but the ‘Cats were up 20-14 by the break.

Giles was first to score in the third quarter, taking the lead, 26-14.

LCHS answered on a 52-yard run by Rudy Cooper trailing 26-20, but the Bobcats scored again late in the period. The Falcons were down, 32-20, headed to the fourth.

It seemed the ‘Cats had salted the game away scoring early in the third. But, trailing 38-20, the Falcons took advantage of a couple of interceptions that gave the offense opportunities to score. Rudy Cooper pushed it in from the 3 yard line after starting at the Bobcat 22 yard line.

The Falcons’ final score came after an interception by A.J. Alcorn at the Lincoln County 43. Eight plays later, Jake Sorrells connected with Cade Cooper from 26 yards out; it was a 38-34 ball game.

LCHS attempted an onside kick in the final seconds, but Giles County recovered and ran the clock out for the win.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Coach Tim Johnson said. “Each week, they’re fighting and competing hard, but there’s a difference in working hard and working smart - we didn’t work very smart tonight. We shot ourselves in the foot too many times.

“You give a good team with the weapons they’ve got that many opportunities, and it’s going to be hard to keep pace with them.

“We’ll have our work cut out for us against Shelbyville,” he added. “We’ve got some injuries that affected us tonight. A lot will depend on how severe those are. We’re not very deep at some positions.”

The Falcons are off to a 2-1 start and travel to Shelbyville Friday night with kickoff at 7 p.m.

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Falcons, by the numbers

Offense: The Falcons finished with 484 total yards of offense, 289 coming on the ground, 195 in the air

Rushing: Rudy Cooper, 17 carries for 175 yards and 2 TDs; West Jenkins, 12 for 73 yards; Jake Sorrells, 6 for 40 yards; Tucker Webb, 1 for 1 yard

Passing: Jake Sorrells, 13 of 25 attempts for 161 yards; A.J. Alcorn, 1 for 29 yards

Receiving: Cade Cooper, 5 catches for 78 yards, 1 TD; Rudy Cooper, 2 catches for 38 yards, 1 TD; Wesley Thornton, 2 for 22 yards; Trey Dempsey, 1 for 9; Alec Scivally, 1 for 7; Tucker Webb, 1 for 1 yard

Defense: The Falcons gave up 479 yards, 170 on the ground, 309 in the air. Tucker Webb finished with 8 tackles; Rudy Cooper, 5; Alec Scivally, 4.5; Jason Betz, 4.5; West Jenkins, 4; Cade Cooper, 4; Tyler West, 3.5; Landen Smith, 3; Sam Eason, 2; Jammie Thomison, 2; Jonathan LaPlante, 2; Christian Counts, 1

First Downs: Giles County, 26; LCHS, 18

Turnovers: Giles County, 3; LCHS, 2

Punts: Jake Sorrells, 4 punts for 38.8 yard average with long of 47 yards

PATs: Reid Hardin, 2 of 4 attempts

Penalties-Yards: Giles County, 8 for 65 yards; LCHS, 13 for 90 yards