Lanier rolls through Lawrence County in regular season finale
The Lanier Bulldogs (6-4, 3-2) used three first half touchdowns to jump all over Lawrence County (6-5, 3-2) Friday night in an eventual 22-6 win.
The victory by Lanier gave the Bulldogs second place in Region 6-4A and a home playoff game on Friday. Lanier will host Newton County while Lawrence County must travel to play Mendenhall.
A 43-yard pass from Lanier quart back Ladarius Mayes-Peals to sophomore Christopher Jones put the visitor from Jackson up 8-0 in the first quarter. Jones got behind four LC defenders to catch the pass in stride and score.
A fumble on the LC 1-yard line stopped another Lanier touchdown on the following drive.
Punting from their own end zone on the following drive, the Cougars could only get the ball out to their 11-yard line as the snap almost went over the punters head and the kick was nearly blocked.
A Mayes-Peals QB sneak from three yards out put Lanier up 14-0.
The final Lanier score came with two minutes remaining until halftime when Kobe Benson scored from 11-yards out. The Bulldogs converted a 3rd-and-15 earlier on the drive with a 30-yad pass to Jones.
The 6-foot-2, 243-pound defensive end Zaccheaus Burnett and 6-foot-4 225-pound defensive end Corterrious Shaw gave the Lawrence County offense fits all night with penetration on the edge. 6-foot-4, 195-pound defensive tackle Anthony Williams and 6-foot-2, 238-pound defensive tackles Oscar Stutts clogged up the middle to shut down what has been an impressive LC rushing attack.
South Pike finished as region champs with a perfect record and North Pike finished fourth in the division.