By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
FALKNER – The Falkner Eagles had two weeks to think about their first Division 1-1A loss, an 8-point setback to Vardaman. On Thursday night, they made sure they didn’t go into another week with a loss on their minds.
At Eagles Stadium, Falkner trailed 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter against the Coldwater Cougars, but scored a pair of late touchdowns and held on for the 21-14 win.
After a scoreless first half, the Eagles got on the board with a Jeramie Lawrence 20-yard TD run in the third quarter. The five-play, 75-yard drive was set up by an Ethan Prather interception of Coldwater’s Jordan Robinson at the Falkner 2-yard line.
Coldwater answered on the ensuing drive with a quick six-play, 48-yard drive, capped by a Robinson 10-yard run and 2-point conversion with 4:53 to play In the third quarter.
Down the stretch, Falkner coach Ben Ashley turned to Jase Stroupe and Lawrence, who each carried the ball seemingly ever other play.
Stroupe went in from 4-yards out with 5:30 left to put the Eagles up 13-8. They forced a punt on Coldwater’s next possession before Lawrence stamped a 60-yard drive with a 12-yard TD run. Following the 2-point conversation, the Eagles led 21-8 with 1:01 to play.
Coldwater didn’t go away and got a 60-yard TD pass from Marcel Newsom to Shadre Jackson with :12 remaining. Falkner recovered the onsides kick to seal the win.
“We’ve had two weeks to sit on adversity and this kind of tells me where we’re at,” said Ashley. “As a coach that’s the kind of game you like to see after you come of what happened two weeks ago.”
Carrying the load
Falkner powered its way to 349 yards on the ground and had two 100-yard rushers in Stroupe and Lawrence. Stoupe led with 194 yards on 26 carries, while Lawrence had 114 yards on 20 carries.
“I felt like we had the advantage on the line of scrimmage and we could grind on them and when you can put the ball in (their) hands it ain’t never a bad play because they’re winners. They carried the load for us.”
The Eagles held Marcel Newson to 10 yard on eight carries and scoreless on the night. The senior entered the game averaging 173 rushing yards per game and had 12 total TDs. Coldwater had just 14 total yards rushing.
“I told my team this week that the team that made the most mistakes would be the team that would lose tonight and that was us,” said Coldwater coach Antwoine Wellington. “It was just bad football.”