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Lawrence County holds off McComb

The Lawrence County Cougars edged the McComb Tigers 20-13 in Region 6-4A high school football action Thursday night, at McComb’s C.C. Moore Stadium.

Trailing by seven points in the waning seconds, McComb’s Chris Roberson connected with Rod Monley for 36 yards, down to the Lawrence County 4-yard line.  On third-and-goal from the three, with nine seconds left on the clock, Roberson mishandled a shotgun snap, and it was recovered by Cougar defensive tackle Treizjan McClain, securing the Lawrence County win.

With the victory, Jesse Anderson’s Cougars improved to 6-4 overall, and 3-1 in the region.  The win puts Lawrence County in position to grab second place in the region, and the resulting home playoff game.  McComb, coached by Willie Brown, fell to 5-4 overall, and 1-3 in the region.  It was another heart-breaking loss for the Tigers, who are just a handful of plays away from possibly being 8-1 on the campaign.  The defeat puts McComb’s playoff hopes in deep peril.

Lawrence County grabbed a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, when Haden Mullins hit tight end Brian Bogan for 16 yards and a touchdown.  It took McComb just three plays to answer, with Roberson scrambling for 40 yards and a score.  Lawrence County would add short rushing touchdowns from Kylan Cooper and Antwan Pittman, while McComb would score on a 57-yard Roberson-to-Jaquaveon Anderson pass.

Cooper led Lawrence County with 169 rushing yards of 23 carries.  For McComb, Roberson completed 12 of 22 passes for 183 yards. 

Lawrence County will close out the regular season at home this Friday, against Lanier.  McComb will travel to Raymond.

Story by Craig Davis