Junior Warriors hold on for first victory
Lepanto - The Junior Warriors and Junior Thunderbirds played a back and forth game all night. A big defensive stand late in the fourth quarter preserved a victory for Lepanto
Cross County opened the scoring on the night as their running back broke out of a pile of players and raced to the end zone. A successful two-point try made the score 8-0 Junior T-birds. Dez Barnes answered the Cross County score as he went 52-yards on the first play of scrimmage and also added the two-point try to tie the game at 8-8 with 5:49 left in the first. The Junior T-Birds running back appeared to be fixing to go in for a score but Malik Monk strips the ball causing it to go out of the end zone for a touchback. EPC takes over on their own 20-yard line. Aaron Scales would take the Junior Warriors down to the Cross County one-yard line only to be stopped on downs by the Junior T-Birds. On Cross County's first play Scales takes the ball from the runner and goes two-yards for the touchdown. Quinn Young added the two-point conversion on a pass from Scales to make the score 16-8 with eight seconds left in the first quarter.
EPC's defense stops the Junior T-Birds on downs and takes over on their own 35-yard line with 4:28 left before halftime. Cross County gets the ball back as T.J. Young fumbles after a nice to run with four minutes left before halftime. The Junior Warriors defense would stiffen and force a fumble as Kyler Gordon scoops it up and runs 32-yards for a touchdown. Scales adds the two-point try to make the score 24-8. Cross County takes the ball and scores with 34 seconds before half to make the score 24-14.
Scales adds another touchdown on a run from 49-yards out and with the two-point play gives EPC a 32-14 lead with 6:11 left in the third quarter. Cross County adds a touchdown and two-point conversion to make the score 32-22 with 1:31 left in the third.
Cross County opens the fourth quarter by scoring a touchdown and adding the two-point try to cut the lead to 32-30. The defenses would play strong for the rest of the fourth quarter for both teams. Cross County would mount one final drive only to see Clay Malone intercept a pass at his own nine-yard line with 25 seconds left to play to seal the win for EPC.
Coach Robert Killibrew added after the game, "We played as tough tonight as we have all year." "We are growing to where we need to be as a team," he added.
EPC will travel to Augusta this Thursday night.