Morehead, Ky. Luke Fetherolf tossed two touchdowns and Eli Fletcher rushed for two in a 34-14 Lawrence Co. victory over Rowan Co. Friday at Paul Ousley Field.
Luke Fetherolf takes the snap from center Cameron Vanhoose against Rowan Co.
On the first drive of the season the Dawgs marched right down the field and Eli Fletcher took the snap and sprinted 12 yards for the touchdown and Brayden Queen booted the extra point and it was 7-0.
Eli Fletcher crosses the goal line for the first touchdown of the season for Lawrence Co.
On the ensuing kickoff Queen recovered his own squib kick after a mad scramble for the football and just a few plays later Cody Crum raced 36 yards to paydirt and Queen tacked on the extra point and it was 14-0 Lawrence County.
Rowan Co. cut the lead in half on a Madden Owen 10 yard pass from Abram Norden and Josh Drake booted the PAT.
On the Dawgs third possession Luke Fetherolf hit Dalton Runyons in the flat and he went 49 yards to the house to make it 20-7 Lawrence County.
Dalton Runyons looks for room after catching a pass from Luke Fetherolf.
The Vikings made it 20-14 after a Jackson Hamilton 79 yard touchdown run and Drake added the PAT.
#35 Cody Crum was not only a force on offense he was in the Viking backfield all night as well.
The only score for the Bulldogs in the second quarter was a beautiful 33 yard touchdown pass from Fetherolf to Logan Ratliff to make it 26-14 which was also the halftime score.
Logan Ratliff hauling in a strike from Luke Fetherolf for a touchdown.
In the third quarter Eli Fletcher found the end zone for the second time on a 6 yard keeper and Crum set the final score of 34-14 Bulldogs.
The Dawgs ( 1-0 ) will return to action on Friday in the Lawrence Co. Farm Bureau Bowl against Shelby Valley ( 0-1 ) on the new turf.
The Wildcats lost 36-26 at home against Letcher Co. Central on Friday.
Rowan Co. ( 0-1 ) will travel to Grayson to battle East Carter ( 0-1 ).
Head Coach Alan Short talks to #44 Will McDavid during a break in the action on opening night.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Alan Short
“… You’re exactly right about the fast start, I guess we are living right at this point. We had the ball bounce our way a couple times early and it was a great start to our season. Couldn’t be more proud of our team it was a total team effort in all three phases tonight. But what I’m most proud of is the effort they gave. I think anybody that was here tonight could see that on full display. Our execution wasn’t always perfect but certainly pleased with our effort and the execution part will get better.”
“… Getting the turnover on our own goal is just a testament to our defense and to Jake Derifield who could easily loafed down there but he tackled the guy and then we got the turnover that we needed to swing the momentum right back in our favor. Total team effort and we will take it for our first time out.”
“… We knew we were going to lean on Will McDavid and Cody Crum early and boy did they show up. They were both horses tonight. I hate to say it but that’s what we expect out of those two. They have had a great camp so far and they didn’t disappoint tonight. I thought both quarterbacks did a good job as well.”
“… Coach Botkins does a great job on the defensive side of the ball and Coach Frazier on the offensive side as well and it’s a process for sure. We have a lot of experience out there but we also have a lot of youth too. And we are excited to get back to work next week and see if we can make another jump like we did this week.”
“… We will have to have another great week of practice, but I can promise you this we are going to enjoy this win tonight, because a lot of work goes into this by a lot of people. This point in my coaching career we are going to enjoy the wins for 24 hours and then we are going to move on. Really excited for next week for the Lawrence Co. Farm Bureau bowl and facing a quality opponent like Shelby Valley coming to town and very excited about the ribbon cutting ceremony to open up the new field.”