The Lake County Middle School Falcons defeated Halls 20-14 in an overtime homecoming victory.
The Falcons were down 14-6 with about three minutes left in regulation. They had the ball and were driving to score. The ball was on the Halls 25-yard line and a holding penalty on fourth down that backed them up to the 40 facing fourth and 30.
Turning the ball over on downs would have resulted in Halls being able to run out the clock and seal the victory.
Coach Ronnie Lanier reached into his playbook and called a sweep pass which looks like a running play with the running back throwing the ball to a receiver downfield. The Halls defenders were fooled by the trick play which resulted in a Falcon touchdown with #3 Randy Demo connecting with 2 Paxton Decker.
“We punched in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14,” Lanier said. “The middle-schoolers defense held Halls, forcing the game into overtime.” Lake County won the toss an elected to go on defense first, stopping Halls in four plays. “On first down #2 Paxton Decker ran for five yards to the five-yard line, led by excellent blocking of the line and fullback #1 Nigel Clark,” Lanier said. “On second down #3 Randy Demo ran the ball to the one-yard line behind Clark.”
A third down quarterback sneak by #7 Cade Lanier, led by Center Andrew Belts blocking, punched it in for the win.