Late drive secures victory at Falkner

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

FALKNER – It didn’t come easy but Falkner won its fifth straight game on Thursday night with a 28-20 Division 1-1A victory against Thrasher.
Thrasher tied the game with 4:42 to play but Falkner quarterback Jase Stroupe led a touchdown drive that ended with his 7-yard score and Jeramie Lawrence’s two-point run. Tray Woody’s pick sealed it.
Falkner (8-1, 5-1) took a 14-0 lead to the half but Thrasher scored on Logan Dobbs’ 89-yard kick return to open the third quarter. A two-point run failed leaving the Rebels down 14-6.
“We knew they’d punch us in the second half and they did,” Falkner coach Ben Ashley said. “We put it in the hands of our best there at the end.”
Thrasher (5-3, 3-3) scored again in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. J.T. Huddleston completed a pair of third-down passes before finding Blake Weatherbee with a 21-yard pass to make it 14-12.
Thrasher’s Tyler Doggett recovered a fumble but the Rebels didn’t capitalize. Instead, Falkner started its drive with a 21-yard run from Lawrence and ended it with Stroupe’s 2-yard run for a 20-12 lead.
Luke Walden bobbled the kickoff but went 71 yards to the Falkner 11. Weatherbee scored a play later. Huddleston then found Walden for the tying two-point pass.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half,” Thrasher coach Lamart Harvey said. “That kickoff return got us going.”
A fast-moving first half saw only four passes. Falkner scored on a 3-yard run from Woody and Lawrence’s 2-yard run.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com

Smithville 42, TCPS 6
SMITHVILLE – The host Seminoles jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead less than four minutes into the game on the way to a fourth straight win.
A three-and-out from the TCPS offense led to a blocked punt and a Tyler Hood safety, while J.T. Pitts ran back the ensuing kickoff 61 yards for a score and added a 1-yard TD run a minute later after an Eagles fumble.
Pitts accounted for three TDs on the night as he added a 19-yard scoring run later in the quarter.
Smithville QB Drew Lann passed for 177 yards in the first half, including a 17-yard TD to Brad Bedford, while Turner Sanderson was his leading receiver with 8 catches for 76 yards.
Melissa Meador, Monroe Journal