By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Falkner coach Ben Ashley was at home totaling up Friday’s game stats.
Sophomore running back Jeramie Lawrence’s numbers kept adding up. By the time the film was done, Lawrence had 433 yards on 27 carries in a wild 76-40 Division 1-1A win at Biggersville.
Lawrence also scored seven touchdowns. Both stats are a Falkner record.
“It was weird. At no point in time did you sit there and think he’s having a big game like that. I get home and started the film and the next thing you know, he’s got 433 yards. When he got to the outside, he was gone,” Ashley said.
The Journal’s No. 4-ranked small school scored the game’s final 44 points. Quarterback Jase Stroupe added 18 rushes for 156 yards. Falkner rushed for 629 yards and had 12 through the air.
“I didn’t know until after the game,” Lawrence said. “The line did their job, fantastic blocking and creating plays to put points on the board.”
Falkner (5-1, 2-1) led early but got sloppy with fumbles on three straight possessions. Lawrence even had a pair of turnovers. A pick-6 midway through the third quarter saw Biggersville take a 40-32 lead.
It’s the second time Ashley has coached a 400-yard runner.
He was on the South Panola staff when Tig Barksdale had 409 on 39 carries in a North state win against Olive Branch.
“The guys played well up front. To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect there. We graduated three offensive lineman, probably the best two in our league and we didn’t have any idea we’d get the type of production we’ve gotten,” Ashley said.
The two tackles are freshmen with a sophomore center, two senior guards and sophomore tight end.
Left tackle Keith Kimery is 14 years old. Right tackle Dillon Davis just turned 15, as did sophomore center O.J. Prather.
The left guard is Dustin McCoy and right guard is Trevor Wilson, two Ashley says he knew would be solid. Tyler Windsor is a sophomore tight end.
Falkner’s Division 1-1A game against Houlka has been moved to Friday. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday.