In Oct. 29 Issue
The Russell County Lakers (4-5, 1-3 in district play) traveled to undefeated Allen County-Scottsville looking to upset the top team in the district but faltered in the game's stretch, losing 34-13.
The ACS win gave them the distinction as the number one team in Class 4A, District 2 and earned them a bye week when state playoff action begins in two weeks while Russell County enters the state 4A playoffs as a four seed, after next week's game against rival Adair County.
The Patriots caused four Laker turnovers late that lead to 20 points, and put Coach Bill Sharp's Lakers out of reach.
Russell County got on the board in the first quarter after Laker freshman Nick Britt took the kickoff but handed the ball off to junior Jeron Hammond, who went up the right sideline for a 98-yard touchdown.
Russell County also scored in the third quarter when Laker quarterback Martin Cross connected with junior wideout Taylor Hutchison for an 11-yard touchdown reception.
Behind just one score in the fourth quarter, a Laker fumble at their own 21-yard line started the downfall in the game and three plays later Patriot quarterback Cory Cooper ran it 13 yards for the score.
A Patriot interception killed the next Russell County drive that also ended in points.
Russell County will close its regular season when it travels to Adair County to take on the Indians at 7 p.m. Friday. Check next week’s issue for a recap of the regular season’s last game.