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Lions outgun Cougars 72-34

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY|dewayne@mcnews.online

Chandler Perkins gets an interception in second half action. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

MOUNT IDA – If you blinked while watching tonight’s game at Mount Ida you probably missed a touchdown with Mount Ida doubling the Lafayette County Cougars in a 72-34 victory.

The win followed homecoming festivities that included a trip to the elementary school, a parade and a pep rally.  Senior Gracia Huitt was crowned 2022 Homecoming Queen before the game.

Chandler Perkins did everything but score a touchdown in the win. Perkins handled kick off duties, connected on 10 PATs and recorded an interception.

The first score of the game came at the 3:43 mark in the first quarter on a one yard run by Drayton Standridge. Chandler Perkins hit his first of many PATs to give the Lions a seven point lead.

Lafayette County responded with an 81 yard touchdown reception to Demerion Dedner with 2:53 left in the opening quarter. The two point conversion failed and Mount Ida held a7-6 lead.

Six plays later the Lions scored on a one yard run by Jacob Woodfield. The PAT was good and the Mount Ida lead was 14-6 with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

Mount Ida got the ball back on a punt with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. They drove 39 yards in three plays, scoring on a nine yard run by Carter Rowton six seconds into the second quarter. The PAT was good and the Lions held a 21-6 lead. 

The Cougars fired back scoring on a 98 yard pass play to Dedner. The two point conversion failed and the Lion lead sat at 21-12 with 11:01 left in the first half.

Jacob Woodfield shakes off a tackler Friday night. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Undaunted, the Lions scored again, this time on a 13 yard run by Standridge. The PAT by Perkins was good and the Lion lead was 28-12 with 8:30 left in the second quarter.

Lane Nolen was the next to score for the Lions. He raced eight yards to the end zone at the 3:41 mark in the second quarter. The PAT was good and the Lion lead was 35-12.

Lafayette County found new life, scoring on an 86 yard pass play to Dedner. Quarterback Trevor Knighton called his own number on the two point conversion to cut the Lion lead to 35-20 with 3:18 left in the first half.

Mount Ida responded with a four play 50 yard drive that ended with a 20 yard touchdown run by Jacob Woodfield. The PAT was good and the Lions held a 42-20 lead with 2:19.

The scoring wasn’t over in the first half with Lafayette County scoring with five seconds left on a 14 yard pass to Zalin Parrish. Ricardo Wimbley bulled his way into the end zone for the two point conversion, cutting the Lion lead to 42-28.

The Mount Ida Defense patched some holes in the second half, holding the Cougars to one score. The Lion offense continued to score at will, adding 28 points to the board.

Mount Ida scored on a 33 yard run by Nolen at the 10:39 mark in the third quarter.

Knighton scored the final Cougar touchdown at the 5:17 mark in the third quarter. The two point conversion failed and Mount Ida clung to a 49-34 lead.

Woodfield scored on a one yard run at the 3:35 mark. The PAT was good to give the Lions a 56-34 lead. Rowton scored with 26 seconds left in the third quarter on a 15 yard run to give the Lions a 63-34 lead.

The final touchdown of the night came on a three yard run by Rowton with 10:58 left in the game. The PAT was good and the clock rolled thanks to the sportsmanship rule as Mount Ida took a 70-34 lead.

The final score of the night came on a safety when Payton Dorrell and Ramsey Gilbert tackled Parrish in the end zone.

Mount Ida had 59 carries for 510 yards and three backs recording 100+ yard nights. Another was one yard shy of the mark.

Jacob Woodfield had 20 carries for 142 yards and three TDs.

Lane Nolen had nine carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Karter Rowton had nine carries for 116 yards and three touchdowns.

Drayton Standridge had 19 carries for 99 yards and two scores.

Chandler Perkins was 10 for 10 on point after attempts.

Coach Mike White stated after the game that the 72 points scored is the most a team led by him has scored. Those in attendance agreed that the 72 points was probably a school record.

Mount Ida will travel to Murfreesboro next Friday to face the Rattlers. The game will begin at 7 p.m.

See next week’s issue of the Montgomery County News for more news and highlights from the game.

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