VERNON — The Lamar County Bulldogs outlasted the Carbon Hill Bulldogs 20-14 on Friday night at George Bell Stadium in Vernon. Lamar County had the edge in yardage, outgaining Carbon Hill 338-269. …
VERNON — The Lamar County Bulldogs outlasted the Carbon Hill Bulldogs 20-14 on Friday night at George Bell Stadium in Vernon. Lamar County had the edge in yardage, outgaining Carbon Hill 338-269. However, Carbon Hill led the way with first downs earning 16 to Lamar County’s nine.
Lamar County (4-2, 3-1) relied on its quick-strike offense to take a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game on a three play drive. Carbon Hill (3-3, 2-2) used a methodical 10 play, 79 yard drive to tie the game, culminating in a 34 yard run by Alex Atkins with 11:50 to go in the second quarter. Lamar County’s offense struck again, though, on the its very next drive, going 79 yards themselves in three plays to take a 14-7 lead on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Ric Rogers to Tony Mastin. Carbon Hill scored with 1:16 remaining in the first half on a 14 yard scamper by quarterback Jon Michael Madison to take a 14-14 tie into halftime.
Lamar County scored once again on a big play on its first drive of the second half, needing just one play to regain the lead with a 62 yard run by Taye Buchanon. Matthew Wallace blocked the extra point try, and Carbon Hill found themselves down by only 6 early in the third quarter. Yet those six points were all the Bulldogs from Vernon needed to seal the win. Carbon Hill drove deep into Lamar County territory on each of their remaining drives in the game, yet couldn’t come away with points.
A potential Carbon Hill game-winning touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter was waived off due to a penalty.
Alex Atkins ran for 92 yards on 17 carries and a score to lead the Bulldog rushing attack. Brandon Scoles added 70 yards on 14 carries and Kade Perry rushed seven times for 14 yards. Madison went 6 of 18 for 72 yards and had five rushes for 21 yards and a touchdown. Carson McGinnis caught three passes for 21 yards.
Next Friday night, Carbon Hill hosts the Winfield Pirates.