Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Lamar County Unable to Overcome Mobile Christian

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Lamar County Unable to Overcome Mobile Christian

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MOBILE | When Mobile Christian ran for a touchdown on the first play of the second half, the Leopards had scored every time they snapped the ball but one in their AHSAA Class 2A second-round playoff game -- and still trailed Lamar County by nine points. In a game of bizarre disproportionality, Tyler Rogers ran for 274 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries to lift Mobile Christian to a 40- 34 victory over the Bulldogs at Harrison Field on Friday night.

"He obviously didn't want it to end, and he made some big plays," Mobile Christian coach Neil Evans said of Rogers. "He's a very special young man.

"We felt like going in offensively, we had a great game plan. We knew if we could get our offense the ball, we would have a great shot at scoring. It was a special night."

Lamar County (10-2) had 76 offensive plays to Mobile County's 22 (including two kneel-downs at the end of the game), and the Bulldogs kept the ball for the final 14:10 of the first half. Yet the beleaguered Mobile Christian defense came through with three defensive stops in the fourth quarter, giving Rogers the chance to run for a 66-yard touchdown to put the Leopards (9-3) ahead for the first time in the game with 2:03 to play.

Mobile Christian's offense had three plays in the first half and scored on two of them. Rogers ran 12 yards after Carson Presley's 73- yard kickoff return and 66 yards for touchdowns. His second score came with 2:10 left in the first quarter, and the Leopards didn't get the ball back for the rest of the half.

Lamar County scored the first two times it had the ball on a 7- yard run by Bryce Miles and an 8-yard run by Dallas Cockerham.

Cockerham, a hard-running quarterback/single-wing tailback, carried the ball 40 times for 225 yards and four touchdowns. After he scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give Lamar County a 20-12 lead, the Bulldogs successfully executed an onside kick and launched a 47-yard drive capped by Cockerham's 4-yard TD run. That was followed by another successful onside kick by Lamar County, but the half ran out with the Bulldogs on the Mobile Christian 26.

Rogers ran 64 yards for a touchdown on the first snap of the second half, and for the first time, Mobile Christian's defense stopped Lamar County, with Presley intercepting Cockerham's fourth- down pass. …

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