LCHS sacks Port Gibson

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 2, 2009

MONTICELLO-The Lawrence County Cougars defeated the Port GibsonBlue Wave Fighting Sharks 34-20 in Division 7-4A high schoolfootball action Friday night, on a wet, muddy, sloppy, rain-soakedfield. Senior running back Josh Cameron rushed for 4 touchdowns,and Alexander Montgomery returned a pass interception for atouchdown, to power the Cougars.

With the win, Lawrence County wrapped up the regular season withan overall record of 7-4, and the division champion Cougarsfinished a perfect 5-0 in Division 7-4A play. Port Gibson, underfirst-year coach Lynn Lang, finished the season at 4-7 overall, and1-4 in the division. Lawrence County had already clinched thedivision title with a win at Columbia last week.

“It was a wet, sloppy night,” said sixth-year Cougar coach MikeDavis, “and it was sort of a sloppy game. We got it done, and got adivision win, so we’ll take it and move on. We’re happy still beplaying football into November.”

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Lawrence County will host Mendenhall Friday night in the openinground of the state playoffs. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

The Cougars got the win, but it didn’t come particularly easilyagainst the improved Port Gibson team. Fighting Shark quarterbackJoshua Dotson pass for 80 yards and a touchdown, and Rudy Wilsonrushed for 136 yards and a score, to keep the Sharks in thegame.

In the first quarter, Lawrence County drove 85 yards in 9 plays,grabbing the lead on Cameron’s 2-yard touchdown run. Trevor Haviskicked the first of his 4 extra points.

Cougar Tremaine Brown blocked a Dotson punt shortly thereafter,setting up Cameron’s 6-yard scoring run 90 seconds into the secondquarter. After Port Gibson drove into LCHS territory on the ensuingpossession, Montgomery grabbed a tipped pass along the Cougar5-yard line and raced down the home sideline for 95 yards and atouchdown. It was a 21-0 game.

Port Gibson got on the board in the final minute of the half, asDotson sneaked across from 2 yards out.

In their only third quarter possession, the Cougars marched 70yards in a methodical 14 play, with Cameron, Havis, and Montgomerycarrying the load. A 13-yard pass from Adam Watson to JamieMcCardle set up Cameron’s 12-yard TD run. Cameron’s final touchdowncame early in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run.

In the absence of fellow running star Matthew Wells, Cameronrushed 19 times for 126 yards. Wells, still nursing a strainedgroin, did not play in the game.

Port Gibson scored twice in the fourth quarter. The first cameon a 6-yard Dotson-to-Rodney Dee pass. The final score of the nightcame with just 2 minutes left, on Wilson’s 11-yard run.