Falcons drop battle with Bobcats

Lincoln County High School's cardiac Falcons kept fans on the edge of their seats to the buzzer going down to Giles Co. 38-34.

LCHS came from behind with a couple scores in the final frame that gave them the opportunity to win the barn burner. But penalties throughout the game kept the Falcons from the end zone and put points on the board for the Cats.

The Falcons led briefly in the second period 14-13 after Cade and Rudy Cooper scored on passes from 40 and 29 yard out. But the Cat's were up 20-14 by the break.

Giles was first to score in the third quarter taking the lead, 26-14.

LCHS answered on a 52 yard run by Rudy Cooper trailing 26-20. But the Bobcats scored again late in the period. The Falcons were down, 32-20 headed to the fourth.

It seemed the Cat's had salted the game away scoring early in the fourth. But trailing 38-20 the Falcons took advantage of a couple interceptions that gave the offense opportunities to score. Rudy Cooper pushed it in from the 3 yard line after starting at the Cat's 22 yard line.

The Falcons final score came after and interception by A.J. Alcorn at the Lincoln County 43. Eight plays later Jake Sorrells connected with Cade Cooper from 26 yards out - it was a 38-34 ball game.

LCHS attempted and on-side-kick in the final seconds but Giles Co. recovered and ran the clock out for the win.

"I'm proud of our guys," Coach Tim Johnson said. "Each week their fighting and competing hard but there's a difference in working hard and working smart - we didn't work very smart tonight - we shot our selves in the foot too many times."

"You give a good team with the weapons they've got that many opportunities and it's going to be hard to keep pace with them."

"We'll have our work cut out for us against Shelbyville," he added. "We've got some injuries that effected us tonight. A lot will depend on how server those are. We're not very deep at some positions."

The Falcons are off to a 2-1 start and travel to Shelbyville Friday night with kick off at 7 p.m.

Falcons, by the numbers

Offense: The Falcons finished with 484 total yards of offense; 289 coming on the ground, 195 in the air

Rushing: Rudy Cooper, 17 carries for 175 yards and 2 TD; West Jenkins, 12 for 73 yards; Jake Sorrells, 6 for 40 yards; Tucker Webb, 1 for 1 yard.

Passing: Jake Sorrells, 13 of 25 attempts for 161 yards; A.J. Alcorn, 1 for 29 yards

Receiving: Cade Cooper, 5 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD; Rudy Cooper, 2 catches for 38 yards and 1 TD; Wesley Thornton, 2 for 22 yards; Trey Dempsey, 1 for 9; Alec Scivally, 1 for 7; Tucker Webb, 1 for 1 yard

Defense: The Falcons gave up 479 yards, 170 on the ground and 309 in the air. Tucker Webb finished with 8 tackles; Rudy Cooper, 5; Alec Scivally, 4.5; Jason Betz, 4.5; West Jenkins, 4; Cade Cooper, 4; Tyler West, 3.5; Landen Smith, 3; Sam Eason, 2; Jammie Thomison, 2; Jonathan LaPlante, 2; Christian Counts, 1

First Downs: Giles Co., 26; LCHS, 18

Turnovers: Giles Co., 3; LCHS, 2

Punts: Jake Sorrells, 4 punts for 38.8 yard average with long of 47 yards

PAT: Reid Hardin, 2 of 4 attempts

Penalties-Yards: Giles Co., 8 for 65 yards; LCHS 13 for 90 yards