Lawrence County Cougars are The Daily Leader Offensive Team of the Week

Published 9:37 am Wednesday, October 18, 2023

You might have been reading the print version of The Daily Leader on Saturday morning and checked the back page where local high school football scores are listed.

And if you saw a score that looked a little too wacky to be true, just know that it wasn’t some mistake made by a sportswriter with clumsy fingers.

Yes, Lawrence County really did beat Purvis High 74-68 in football, not basketball.

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The Cougars led 46-43 before Purvis kicked a last second field goal to tie things up at 46-46 and send it to overtime. The game ended after four overtime periods with LC on top.

By the powers invested in me, I am creating a new award to commemorate this win and naming coach Jesse Anderson and his Cougars as the Daily Leader Offensive Team of the Week.

Instead of singling out one guy, let’s praise the collective efforts of the Cougars in scoring the most points in school history.

Lawrence County senior quarterback Kannon Cato didn’t score every time he touched the ball, but he got close. Cato carried the ball 11 times for 185 yards and five touchdowns.

He also had a kickoff return for 97 yards that went for a touchdown.

Accounting for 2-point conversions, Cato scored 38 of the total points for LC in the win.

Senior running back Ahmad Hardy scored three touchdowns for the Cougars in the win. Hardy ran for 100 yards on 21 carries and also scored on a two-point conversion, to account for 20 points in his team’s total.

There might not be a more formidable 1-2 punch in all the state than the one provided by Cato and Hardy. On the season, Cato has run for 16 touchdowns and is averaging 11.1 yards per carry. Hardy has rushed for 1,478 yards and scored 18 times on the ground while going over 100 yards rushing in every game but one thus far in 2023.

You can’t shout out the skill guys for a game like this one without giving some love to the big men up front.

Junior Amare Weathersby is the center for the Cougar line. The tackles are Javacious Magee and Jatavious Robertson, and the guards are Alvin Peyton and Ty Ellis. At tight end, LC lines up Elijah Smith and Jah’shawa Clark.

Smith had a foot in two points of the big total as he knocked through a pair of PAT kick conversions. Senior running back Markavion Owens also scored on a 2-point conversion for the Cougars.

Against Purvis, the LC offense also got a touchdown from junior Lauria McDuffey as he gained 20 yards on just two carries.

Senior Kenyon Vanison also scored a touchdown for the Cougars via an interception return.