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PC luckless against Lockwood

Monday, October 22, 2012

Teamwork. Several members of the green and white defense converge to stop Lockwood's Brent Chambers, at center, during the Oct. 19 game against Lockwood. Pierce City will travel to Marionville on Thursday, Oct. 25 to face the Comets. [Times Photo by Traci Osborn]
Pierce City fans saw two different contest in the first and second halves of the Friday, Oct. 19 game against Lockwood. The Eagles showed offensive flair and kept toe-to-toe with their hosts through most of the first half. The second half was almost all Tigers, resulting in a 48-20 win for Lockwood.

The Eagles started slowly, running only seven plays compared to 20 for Lockwood in the first quarter. The Tigers set the pace early with a 10-play scoring drive in the first four and a-half minutes, entirely on the ground by quarterback Isaac Lasater and tail back Brent Chambers.

After the extra point failed and the score was at 6-0, Pierce City had its chance, but turned the ball over after five plays. The Eagles stopped a 10-play Tigers drive by recovering a fumble with a minute left in the first quarter.

Finding space. Pierce City quarterback Kole Kelley finds room to run during the Eagles' Oct. 19 game against Lockwood. [Times Photo by Traci Osborn]
Nine plays later, Pierce City scored. Kelley connected on two long passes to wide receiver Zack Hyde and gained on three runs by running back Jamie Logan. Kelley ran the last 17 yards to tie the score with 9:30 left in the second quarter.

Lockwood's next drive stalled in seven plays with another fumble, recovered by the Eagles. Seven plays later, Pierce City had to punt the ball back.

With four minutes left in the half, Lockwood fired up its offense, and again the duo of Lasater and Chambers gained 62 yards. Lasater ran in the last yard and the two-point conversion, putting the Tigers up 14-6.

After the kickoff, Kelley responded with a long pass to Hyde, who ran 63 yards for the score. Kelley ran in the extra point to tie the game at 14-14.

Lockwood responded with more runs by Lasater and Chambers, plus two passes to tail back Zec Sipes, the last one good for 17 yards and a score. With 30 seconds left in the half, Lockwood pulled ahead for good 22-14.

Nothing went well for the Eagles in the third quarter. The opening kickoff drive stalled in four plays. Lockwood started its drive on the Eagles' 44-yard line and drove in for the TD in seven plays, wrapping up the drive with a 10-yard dash to score by Lasater, who ran the two-point conversion to put the score at 14-30 with 6:30 left in the quarter.

Pierce City came within inches of a first down on its next drive but fell short on a daring fourth down attempt. Lockwood took over on the Eagles' 27-yard line and scored five plays later, despite two holding penalties. Lasater ran in the last eight yards for the score. The extra point attempt failed, putting the score at 36-14.

With 55 seconds left in the quarter, Kelley tried to go to the air. His first pass attempt was nearly intercepted. His second toss flew directly into the hands of Lockwood's Chambers, who made an impressive 60-yard cross-field return for the score. The extra point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 42-14 as the fourth quarter began.

After the kick-off, Pierce City went backwards four plays in a row on tackles and penalties.

In Lockwood's next drive, junior tail back Sipes was handed the ball and in three plays ran 68 yards to score. Sipes failed on the extra point run, making the score at 48-14.

Pierce City got the ball for six plays and turned it over on downs. Lockwood returned the favor seven plays later.

With a little over three minutes left, Pierce City showed there was still life in the Eagles. Sophomore tight end Michael Vincent broke loose for consecutive 33 and 14-yard gains, after which sophomore wide receiver Colton Drollinger ran 8 yards for the final score, 48-20.

Pierce City had 49 plays and 10 first downs on the night. The Eagles had 282 yards of offense, including 105 yards in passes, completing four of 10 attempts and one interception. Hyde led the Eagles with 101 yards on three pass receptions. Kelley followed with 75 yards.

Lockwood had 52 plays and 24 first downs. The Tigers totaled 502 yards of offense, including 45 in passing, completing six of nine pass attempts. Chambers led the Tigers with 208 yards. Lasaster had 140.

"We had trouble getting our rhythm in the second half," said head coach Matt Holt. "We lost our back-up left guard, Cody Cameron, in the first half. We couldn't use our fullback, Caleb Laswell in the second half, who is a lead blocker and we bank on people chasing him as our misdirection. We had sophomores and freshmen who never carried the ball getting it tonight. We've had eight starters hurt this year and several playing through stuff. We hope to have Cedric O'Hara back next week.

"We're building a program," Holt said. "We're young. We've got 39 players on the team and 35 are coming back next year. Everyone's tired of losing. We're going to build the tradition back up. The seniors of been a big part of it. We're not turning in the towel. I want to get another win for the seniors."

Pierce City, now 3-5 overall and 3-5 in the conference, begins district competition as the fifth-seed on Thursday, Oct. 25 against the fourth-seed Marionville Comets on the road. Lockwood (5-4, 4-4) takes on Greenfield. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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