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Last-second field goal sends Lawrence Co. to third round of playoffs

Eduardo Del Angle kicked a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the game, as the Lawrence County Cougars defeated Greene County 17-14 in second round 4A playoff football action Friday night.

Lawrence County drove the football down the field in the final minutes, calling timeout with three seconds remaining, to set up Del Angel’s kick. The game was played at LCHS.

With the win Jesse Anderson’s Cougars improve to 8-5 on the season. Lawrence County will travel to Newton County for a third-round playoff game this Friday. Greene County, the top seed from Division 7-4A finished the season at 8-4. The Wildcats entered Friday’s contest on an eight-game winning streak.

Greene County took an early lead on a 35-yard run by quarterback Drake Henderson. Lawrence County answered in the second quarter, scoring on a 29-yad run by fullback Perez Tyler. It was 7-7 at halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Greene County took the lead on a 4th-down, 7-yard pass play from Henderson to Cameron Dunnam. The Wildcats had missed a short field goal attempt earlier in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, Lawrence County knotted the game at 14-14 on a Quincy Lewis 12-yard run. The Cougars played most of the game without one of the state’s top rushers, senior Kylan Cooper. Cooper suffered an apparent hip injury early in the game.

Late in the game, the Lawrence County defense forced a Greene County punt from midfield. With time winding down, Lewis ripped of a 30-yard run down the LCHS sideline to put the Cougar’s in position for Del Angel’s game winning field goal.

Story by Craig Davis