ELHS scores 34 straight to ruin homecoming
It’s was a game of two halves with Priceville holding a comfortable 35-14 lead at halftime and East Lawrence coming back in the second half with 28 unanswered points for a 42-35 win.
The loss not only spoiled the homecoming celebration, but left the Bulldogs with a 2-4, 0-4 record.
“It was embarrassing,” said Priceville head coach Dirk Strunk. “I emphasized to our players at halftime that they were going to have to play four quarters to win. What did they do? They came out flat in the third quarter and we lost the game.”
Turnovers and a missed field goal plagued the Bulldogs in the final quarter when they were trying to make a comeback, facing one-point and seven-point deficits.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the strength of a 26-yard pass from Kaleb Barker to Nick Bell and a four-yard toss from Barker to Tyler Charest.
Bell’s TD climaxed a 65-yard drive in seven plays with 9:52 left in the first period. Charest’s score followed a 74-yard run by Trey Jones and came with 1:31 left in the first period. Bell kicked the extra point after each score.
Forrest Clemons gave the Bulldogs their third TD on a six-yard run with 9:20 left in the second quarter. Bell added the extra point to make the score 21-8.
A 17-yard pass from Barker to Bell accounted for Priceville’s fourth TD with 9:10 left in the first half. Bell tacked on the extra point to make the score 28-8. A fumble recovery by Lucas Chaney set up the score.
The Bulldogs scored again with 7:14 left in the half on a seven-yard run by Barker. Bell added the extra point to give his team a 35-8 advantage.
The visiting Eagles scored their first TD on a 40-yard pass from Terrence Deloney to Malik Garth with one second left in the first period. Deloney ran three yards for a two-point conversion to cut Priceville’s lead to 14-8.
A 55-yard pass from Deloney to Zachery Nichens accounted for the Eagles’ second touchdown. It came with 4:43 left in the first half. Deloney’s run for a two-point conversion was stopped short of a the goal line and the Eagles had to settle for a 35-14 halftime deficit.
Momentum swung to the Eagles in the third period as they scored 22 unanswered points and went up 36-35 with 5:10 left in the period. Deloney scored three times on runs of 47, 58 and 79 yards and added a two-point conversion. Brian Swain also had a two-point conversion run.
The Eagles pushed their advantage to seven points on a 35-yard run by Deloney with 2:11 left in the game. A failed two-point conversion run by Garth left the score at 42-35.
Deloney rushed for 338 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also completed 10 of 19 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Bell had a big game on both offense and defense for the Bulldogs. He caught seven passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, converted five-of-five extra point attempts, had five of six touchbacks on kickoffs and intercepted two passes.
Barker completed 13 of 25 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 16 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Clemons gained 82 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown.