Lake Arthur outlasts DeQuincy
By Chris & Laurie Mueller
It was an epic battle between two evenly matched teams but in the end it was the Lake Arthur Tigers that outlasted the DeQuincy Tigers 30-28 in overtime here last Friday night.
The two teams slugged it out old school style with very little passing in the game. For Lake Arthur it was three yards and a cloud of dust. DeQuincy had the ball a lot less in terms of possession, but had more big plays in the contest. It came down to who converted the most extra points.
DeQuincy scored first on their initial drive of the game after Jacob Cupstid set them up nicely with a 43 yard return of the opening kickoff. The Tigers set up shop on the Lake Arthur 42 and took nine plays and drove down to the 14 yard line. On 4th and five Chase Dyer tossed the ball and Jared Nash made a nice catch for the touchdown. The run for the two point conversion failed.
Lake Arthur answered on their first possession with a nine play touchdown drive of their own, capped by a Micheal Ware five yard run and a two point run to give Lake Arthur an 8-6 lead.
DeQuincy's next possession saw more of the same with good blocking up front and a good job of running by Chase Dyer and Javion Leday, but a miscue on a hand-off between Dyer and Leday at the 19 yard line turned out to be the game's only turnover.
Lake Arthur took over and drove 78 yards on 15 plays with Trey Hargrave scoring on a one yard run and the two point conversion run failed making the score 14-8. Hargrave and Micheal Ware alternated running the ball on the drive. Hargrave ended up with 34 carries for 165 yards and Ware had 21 carries for 77.
With 5:21 remaining in the half, DeQuincy marched down the field with Javion Leday scoring from a yard out with 41 seconds remaining, Leday ran it in for two to make it a 14 all tie at the half. Leday had a 15 yard run on the drive and Dyer had a nice 33 yard scamper to set up the score.
Lake Arthur got the ball first in the second half and drove all the way to the DeQuincy nine. But on 4th and seven the DeQuincy Tiger defense came up huge, stopping Hargrave short of the first down. Lake Arthur kept the ball for 9 1/2 minutes and 18 plays, only to come up short on the drive.
After each team punted, DeQuincy took over with 8:02 to go in the game and used a methodical approach with a nice 12 play clock eating drive setting up a Dyer five yard run for the go ahead score. Dyer also tossed the ball to Damareon Payne with the two point pass giving DeQuincy an eight point cushion. Dyer and Leday had nice runs on the drive. Leday ended the night with 24 carries for 124 yards and Dyer pitched in 111.
It turns out Lake Arthur wasn't through, though, as they were able to score with 21 seconds remaining in the game on a broken play that saw their quarterback scramble for a 25 yard run. Hargrave ran in the all important conversion sending the contest into overtime.
Each team scored on their overtime possession. DeQuincy scored on a one yard run by Dyer and Lake Arthur on a one yard run by Ware. But the difference in the game was Lake Arthur made their two point conversion. Lake Arthur improved to 4-3 on the season, DeQuincy drops to 3-4.