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HoCo rallies to stun Coffee

The offense looked really good.

The defense looked really good.

Yet despite that, for two quarters it looked like Houston County might suffer its second scoreless defeat.

Then it all came together. The Bears rallied and went on to beat Coffee County, the No. 4 ranked team in AAAAA, 17-10.

In fact, the Trojans’ only score came off an interception and a subsequent 61-yard pass from quarterback Sultan Cooper to Maurice Turner. That came in the second quarter and stood at the break.

The host added a 25-yard field goal from Noah Saylor – a seven-play drive – on its first possession of the third quarter.

The Bears answered with a five-play, 80-yard drive. Quarterback Christian Lawhorn’s 32-yard run on the first play from scrimmage provided the initial spark. He continued to run well as others, Tyler Williams, Corey Chaisson and Simeon Askew, soon joined the fray. A sideline warning following Lawhorn’s run put the ball just inside the 20. On a third-and-three, he got it to the 2. Askew finished it off. Luke Rigby made the point after to cut it to 10-7 with 5:48 left in the third.

After forcing Coffee to punt, Houston County took over on its own 17. It then clicked off 14 plays before stalling. Rigby was brought on and made it from 26 yards out. That tied it at 10 with 7:37 left in the game.

The defining moment came on the Trojans’ next possession. Facing a third-and-four from their own 39, Cooper stepped up in the pocket and let go a pass that was intercepted by Cam Stewart. He ran it in for the “pick 6”. Rigby made it 17-10 with just over five minutes left to play.

The Bears’ defense stood strong and forced Coffee to punt on its next possession. Then, after running out some clock and punting, the defense held on a fourth-and-11.

Houston County got the ball back with 1:30 remaining and was able to run out the clock for the win.

It improved to 2-1 while handing the Trojans their first defeat in four games.

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