LEWISBURG — Tri-County North gave up 28 points in the second quarter and never recovered, falling 56-27 to Miami East in a pivotal Cross County Conference matchup on Friday, Oct. 16.
“We have to get better. We’re going to watch the film, we’re going to learn from tonight’s game, and then we are going to get ready for South,” said North head coach Bill Derringer. “We need to take what we did well and build on that and try to fix the things we didn’t do well.”
The game was knotted at 14-14 at the end of the first, with North scoring on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Lane Gunder to Trey Kehr and a one yard run from Jordan Overcash.
The team was without starting running back Garrett Woodyard though and seemed to have trouble establishing a consistent, solid rushing attack – especially up the middle.
“This has been a year where we’ve had trouble staying healthy. It’s hard to plan, it’s hard to prepare,” said Derringer.
After the first frame, East broke the game open though, scoring touchdowns from one yard, nine yard, and 44-yards out. They also got a 37-yard touchdown through the air. They headed into halftime up 42-14.
North didn’t give up though, as Logan Elmore scooped up a fumble and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown on the Viking’s ensuing drive. They stopped East and scored again from five yards out when Gunder made it to the left side of the endzone.
The two quick scores cut the deficit to 42-27.
East responded with a touchdown of its own near the end of the quarter, pushing the game back to a three score lead. They also punched one in for good measure in the fourth, bringing the final to 56-27.
“I’m proud of our kids and how we came out in the third quarter. We fought back, drove down, we held them,” said Derringer. “Miami East is good. We knew they had a lot of strength up front. A lot of manpower and pretty good weapons on the outside as well.”
The Vikings amassed a total of 676 yards – 591 of it being on the ground.
Gunder finished the game 8-for-18 for 131 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also had seven rushes for 21 yards and a score.
Elmore had eight rushes for 73 yards while Kehr chipped in two catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Chandler Sproles logged an interception for the Panthers while Gavin Overholtz and Elmore both added a fumble recovery.
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