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Historic Dawg playoff run ends with OT loss

Historic Dawg playoff run ends with OT loss
Historic Dawg playoff run ends with OT loss | Gleason High School, Gleason Bulldogs, Lake County Falcons, Carlos Young, Alex Verdell, Zach Wallace, Shadow Roney, TSSAA football playoffs

The Gleason High School football team notched a historic victory in its previous outing with the program’s first TSSAA playoff win. Lake County made sure the Bulldogs didn’t add another new chapter to the history book by nipping Gleason, 42-40 in OT.
The Gleason High School football team notched a historic victory in its previous outing with the program’s inaugural TSSAA gridiron playoff win.
The Lake County Falcons made sure the Bulldogs didn’t add another new chapter to that history book by nipping Gleason, 42-40 in overtime, to bring an end to the GHS season Friday night in Tiptonville.
Mud, sweat and tears mingled together on the faces of the Gleason Bulldogs at the conclusion of their TSSAA Class A second round playoff game.
The Dawgs finished with a 6-6 overall record. Lake County improved to 8-4 and will next host the McKenzie Rebels in the Class A quarterfinals at 7 on Friday evening in Tiptonville. McKenzie advanced by stopping Union City, 17-14.
Gleason overcame a 34-20 halftime deficit by blanking the potent Falcon offense after halftime. The Dawgs forced the extra session by scoring a tying touchdown with 4:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.
With the score tied at 34-all to start OT, Lake County won the coin toss and deferred, bringing the GHS offense out first.
Gleason scored immediately as Zach Wallace raced around the left end for a 10-yard touchdown run. Opting to go for the two-pointer, Gleason handed the ball to Shadow Roney on a sweep that had frequently been successful in the second half. This time, Falcon defender Josh Bledsoe erupted into the GHS backfield to bring Roney down for a loss leaving the Gleason lead at 40-34.
Lake County’s offense then knew they needed a touchdown and a conversion to win and advance in the playoffs.
Athletic freshman Carlos Young took the field at quarterback, lining up in the shotgun. On first down, Young kept the ball, but Gleason’s Matt Mayo stopped him after a 2-yard gain. On second down, Young got around the left end and the LC receivers got the downfield blocks to free him for an 8-yard scoring run for a 40-40 tie.
For their two-point attempt, Lake County trotted out Sam Hays at QB, signalling a pass was likely. Hays rolled to his right. With Mayo among the Dawg defenders closing in, Hays found receiver Dominic Kimble in the end zone. The completed pass to just inside the goal line set off a Falcon celebration.
Rain fell prior to kickoff and throughout the first half before slacking off after halftime. The slippery conditions had an immediate impact on the game.
Starting at their own 34 after taking the game’s opening kickoff, Lake County turned the ball over on the first snap of the game. A high shotgun snap sailed over Young’s head and was recovered by Gleason’s Dalton Teeter at the LC 9-yard line.
Gleason’s first snap was more successful, resulting in a 9-yard touchdown run by Alex Verdell who surged through the line and fought into the end zone. Zach Wallace, who had been highly successful on recent PAT kicks, missed the mark to leave the Dawgs’ lead at 6-0 with just 14 seconds gone off the clock.
Starting their second drive at their own 35, the Falcons struck quickly as Young fired a bomb down the sideline to Kimble covering 65 yards to knot the score at 6-all. In what was an omen of the game-deciding play, Hays hit Kimble for the two-point conversion to move Lake County ahead, 8-6, with 20 ticks gone off the clock.
On the ensuing kickoff, a Gleason upback fielded the kick and opted to toss the ball back to Wallace who couldn’t get a handle on the wet pigskin.
Chris Rogers recovered for LC at the Dawg 8. Young picked up 7 yards on first down and Trevor Blythe got the final yard. The two-point run was halted leaving the Lake County lead at 14-6 just 90 seconds into the game.
The Dawgs next converted a fourth-and-3 on a 41-yard Roney romp to the Falcon 16. The LC defense then held the Dawgs to four consecutive 2-yard runs and a turnover on downs.
Lake County used seven plays to cover 92 yards. Ricky Boyd’s hard-fought 8-yard TD run capped the drive. Young ran in the two-pointer to boost the LC lead to 22-6 with 3:55 still to play in the first quarter.
The Dawgs then got back in the game with a time-consuming scoring drive. The 17-play march covered 65 yards and took 9:04 off the clock. GHS converted three fourth downs including a 5-yard pitch to Verdell for the TD. Also, QB Nicky Spain twice found tight end Ben Sumner for 13-yard completions. Wallace ran in the two-pointer to cut the LC lead to 22-14 with 6:51 left in the half.
A 48-yard kickoff return by Blythe set up the next Falcon score. The 30-yard drive ended in unusual fashion. On third-and-five from the GHS 9, Kimble took a handoff and looked to be heading for a score, but a hit jarred the ball loose. Blythe fell on the ball in the end zone to stretch the lead to 28-14 after the two-pointer was stopped.
A 60-yard Dawg reverse by Wallace set up Verdell’s third TD, this one covering 2 yards. An incompletion on the two-pointer left the LC lead at 28-20 with 3:02 left in the first half.
The Falcons weren’t done, adding another score on a Hays to Kimble 13-yard scoring toss with 5 seconds left in the half. Lake County failed on its two-pointer to carry a 34-20 lead into the halftime break.
The defenses controlled the third quarter until the Dawgs finally broke through. A 47-yard Roney run set up Wallace’s 18-yard race into the end zone. Verdell ran in the two-pointer to cut the LC lead to 34-28 with a minute left in the third quarter.
On its next drive, Lake County converted one first down before the Dawgs forced a turnover on downs by twice stopping LC screen passes for losses.
The Dawgs took over at their own 44 and used 6:18 and a dozen rushing plays to cover the distance. Verdell scored his fourth TD on a one-yard dance untouched over the goal line to even the score at 34-all with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter. The Falcon defense stopped Verdell a half yard short on the two-point attempt to preserve the 34-34 tie and set up OT.
Players wearing a Gleason football uniform for the final time were Alex Verdell, Caleb Johnson, Joseph Crocker, Zach Wallace, Gus Godwin, Cade Tolley, Hunter Trevathan and Shadow Roney.

Gleason-Lake County, Stats
Gleason 6 14 8 6 6—40
Lake County 22 12 0 0 8—42

First Quarter
GHS — Alex Verdell 9-yard run, (kick failed), 11:40.
LCHS — Dominic Kimble 65-yard pass from Carlos Young, (Kimble pass from Sam Hays), 11:29.
LCHS — Trevor Blythe 1-yard run, (run failed), 10:30.
LCHS — Ricky Boyd 8-yard run, (Young run), 3:55.
Second Quarter
GHS — Verdell 5-yard run, (Zach Wallace run), 6:51.
LCHS — Blythe fumble recovery in end zone, (run failed), 5:15.
GHS — Verdell 2-yard run, (pass failed), 3:02.
LCHS — Kimble 13-yard pass from Hays, (run failed), 00:05.
Third Quarter
GHS — Wallace 18-yard run, (Verdell run), 00:59.
Fourth Quarter
GHS — Verdell 1-yard run, (run failed), 4:08.
GHS —Wallace 10-yard run, (run failed).
LCHS — Young 8-yard run, (Kimble pass from Hays).
First Downs 21 20
Rushes-yards 55-379 26-186
Passing yards 32 247
Comp-Att-Int 4-6-0 13-25-0
Punts 1-40 1-29
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-2
Penalties-yards 2-15 4-30
Individual Statistics
Rushing — Gleason, Shadow Roney 13-174, Zach Wallace 12-107, Alex Verdell 21-79, Nicky Spain 4-13, Cody Ezell 5-6; Lake County, Carlos Young 16-115, Dominic Kimble 5-54, Sam Hays 1-9, Trevor Blythe 2-4, Ricky Boyd 2-4.
Passing — Gleason, Spain 4-6-0 — 32; Lake County, Kimble 10-19-0 — 190, Hays 3-5-0 — 57, Boyd 0-1-0 — 0.
Receiving — Gleason, Ben Sumner 2-26, Wallace 1-4, Verdell 1-2; Lake County, Kimble 9-219, Young 1-25, Patrick Robertson 1-6, Boyd 2-(-3).
Records — Gleason 6-6, Lake County 8-4.
Next Game — Gleason’s season is brought to an end with the loss, while Lake County advances to the Class A state quarterfinals and will entertain McKenzie with play slated to start at 7 on Friday evening.

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