Second-half outburst by North Pontotoc Vikings falls short

By Jay Tidwell/Special to the Journal

ECRU – North Pontotoc took a bit too long to bring out its big weapons.
Trey Jolly completed touchdown passes of 88, 92 and 74 yards in the second half for the Vikings,but it was not enough to make up for missed opportunities in the first two quarters as they suffered a 29-26 setback to Division 2-4A foe Lewisburg on Friday.
Dee Woods and Ben Shannon picked off passes by DJ Steakley to twice give North Pontotoc possession in Patriots’ territory in the second quarter, but it came up empty on both series.
“Our defense gave us the ball back, but then we were missing reads and missing blocks,” said North Pontotoc coach Brian Sutton, whose team trailed 7-6 at halftime. “Offensively, we were off in the first half, and we shouldn’t have been.”
Jolly completed 15-of-34 passes for 326 yards with the three TDs and one interception for North Pontotoc (6-4, 2-2 in 2-4A). Two of the junior passer’s big strikes came in a scoring flourish in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.
“We should have had a couple more scores in the first half, and it hurt us,” Sutton said.
It was the first win for Lewisburg (7-3, 2-2) in four meetings between the schools.
Xavier Morris, a senior, paced the Patriots with 21 carries for 113 yards and a TD, but was slowed with a leg injury in the first half.
Green, a junior, scored on a catch and run for 92 yards with 2:26 remaining in regulation to pull North within 22-18. But Lewisburg’s Dallas Whitlow recovered the onside kick.
Chris Taylor’s 10-yard catch edged the Patriots ahead 29-18 with 22 seconds showing.
On North’s following possession, Shannon took Jolly’s pass 74 yards with 6 ticks left, but Lewisburg again grabbed the short kick.
“We’re a power team, and when Xavier hurt his ankle early, it took us away from that a little,” said Lewisburg coach Butch Veazey. “He gave it all he had and our guys played really hard.”

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