In Oct. 7 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Editor
Homecoming 2010 will be remembered as a big district win for the Russell County Lakers as they defeated the Logan County Cougars 50-21 at Finley Field to even their record at 3-3 on the season.
The Lakers showed off their high-powered offense throughout the game as both sophomore tailback Nick Britt and senior tailback Jeron Hammond both rushed more than 150 yards each.
“We did a lot of good things,” said Laker head coach Bill Sharp. “We had some opportunities there in the first half to go ahead and stretch the lead there on the last couple of possessions but we didn't get points, we lost our focus and we lost our execution.”
Sharp said that was something his team was continuing to work on in hopes of playing a complete, all-around game with no miscues in the red zone.
"We talked about coming out in the third quarter and having some fire in our feet," Sharp said. But the Lakers struggled early on in the quarter prompting Sharp to tell them to focus more on both sides of the ball.
"We finally get one stuck in but in the mean time we've let them get some momentum offensively," he said.
"We weren't playing at the same speed we were playing at earlier and we give up 21 points in the second half and that's a little disappointing but it's a good win, we're tickled with that and we've got to work to get better next week."
Sharp said he was extremely pleased with the way Jeron Hammond played. Hammond had 157 yards on nine rushes and one touchdown and 79 yards receiving and a score while also racking up 7 ½ tackles and an interception on defense.
"I thought he played a whale of a ballgame," he said. Sharp also commended Britt on his performance and said if two of Britt's long runs weren't called back on penalties he could've had at least 250 yards rushing on the night.
Freshman tailback Evan Fletcher also scored his first touchdown of the season on a 76-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter, his first of the season. Senior quarterback Martin Cross was 8-17 through the air for 105 yards and a score while senior Taylor Hutchison tallied 25 yards receiving. In all, Russell County had 504 total yards of offense on the night.
Defensively, the Lakers had interceptions from both Hammond and Lee Cox while Barton Mann and Hammond both forced and then recovered Cougar fumbles on the night.
"We had a good crowd also," Sharp said. "We've had good support all week long from the faculty and kids, the pep rally and all the festivities have been just great."
Sharp said he was impressed by the RCHS student body for the way they participated and supported the team last week.
"It's a good place to coach high school football," he said. "We've got a good community, good kids, good faculty and good administration … we're just trying to put a good product on the field.
The win gives Russell County their first district victory after falling at Franklin-Simpson last Friday night. This Friday the Lakers travel to Warren East in hopes of securing a higher playoff seed come the postseason.
While students at Russell County High School are on Fall Break this week, the Laker football team will practice each day in preparation for their next opponent.
"We've got to try and get better," Sharp said. "We'll come in each day and go to work … we've got to play well to get past Warren East because it's at their place and we've got to focus in."
Senior Donavyn Coffey was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the football game.